UPDATE: Pensioner arrested after man's throat slashed in Breightmet

A police crime scene investigation tent outside a house in Breightmet Drive, where an man's throat was slashed last night.

A police crime scene investigation tent outside a house in Breightmet Drive, where an man's throat was slashed last night.

A police crime scene investigation tent outside a house in Breightmet Drive, where an man's throat was slashed last night.

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A 60-YEAR-OLD man is seriously ill in hospital after he had his throat slashed in a row with a neighbour.

The alleged victim, who has been named locally as 60-year-old Steven Waring, is now in a stable condition in hospital but has a three-inch gash in his neck after the attack in Breightmet Drive, Breightmet, at about 9.40pm last night.

An 89-year-old man, who also suffered a head injury in the incident, has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and is now in police custody.

The attack happened in the front garden of a semi-detached house, where it is thought the 89-year old lives with his wife and middle-aged son.

Neighbours in Breightmet Drive claimed it was the latest incident in a long and bitter feud between the two families, and police confirmed there had been a number of incidents involving the neighbours.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "There is a well-known bitterness between the two families that has been going on for many years and the police seem to be called at least once a month.

"There have been drunken shouting incidents and assaults before now but this time it has clearly escalated.

"This is very serious — we don’t know what has led to all this bitterness but there is a back story somewhere."


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Another neighbour, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said that although they were aware of the feud, they were “completely shocked” by what had happened.

He added: “It is remarkable to hear. He has lived in the house since about 1970 and I have always thought he was a mild-mannered, polite man and also very small and frail which makes it even more surprising.”

Mr Waring and his partner are thought to have lived in Breightmet Drive for more than 10 years.

Neighbours said the couple tend to “keep themselves to themselves”.

A resident added: “They don’t mix with the neighbours but I have always thought they seemed quite nice and when my father, who is unwell, was locked out, they took him in and looked after him.”

A police spokesman said: “There has been an historical neighbour dispute between the two parties for a number of years, which resulted in occasional visits by the police for anti-social behaviour.

"The police dealt with a minor assault on January 4, which was resolved by way of restorative justice with both families agreeing to enter into mediation.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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11:37am Mon 27 Jan 14

davidjb says...

must be something in the water
must be something in the water davidjb
  • Score: 16

12:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

absolutely beyond belief that disputes cannot be settled without violence
absolutely beyond belief that disputes cannot be settled without violence oftbewildered2
  • Score: 29

12:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

johnnyjackson says...

Breightmet!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!
Breightmet!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! johnnyjackson
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jus' visitin says...

Here's me thinking it was just the young uns that had problems here in Breightmet.
Here's me thinking it was just the young uns that had problems here in Breightmet. jus' visitin
  • Score: 27

1:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

danssoncabaret says...

Only yesterday we were told that crime is going down...... convince me!
Only yesterday we were told that crime is going down...... convince me! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 16

2:07pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Danny.10 says...

Crime isn't going down the government will have you believe that so it makes everyone think the police cuts are acceptable
Crime isn't going down the government will have you believe that so it makes everyone think the police cuts are acceptable Danny.10
  • Score: 25

3:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

zoomzam says...

Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time!
Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time! zoomzam
  • Score: -13

4:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Happy 30th Grandma
Happy 30th Grandma Jim271
  • Score: 3

6:28pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Winston"2+2=5"Smith says...

zoomzam wrote:
Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time!
Though I would agree that excessive consumption of alcohol features in far too many cases such as the one above your insistence on restriction of its sale would clearly stem from your religion Zoomzam. I consume alcohol but have never nor feel inclined to attack/rape/stab or steal. Plenty of religious people who don't consume alcohol kill, rape, lie, cheat ect. ect. By your logic should we then call for restriction on the practice of certain religions ? No ?
British society does not need your creeping Islamisation and resulting Sharia law for the believers at the expense of the non believers.
What we actually need is a return to a time when the judicial system had teeth and prison was a serious deterrent as apposed to the holiday camp that 40 years of liberal policies has left us with.
[quote][p][bold]zoomzam[/bold] wrote: Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time![/p][/quote]Though I would agree that excessive consumption of alcohol features in far too many cases such as the one above your insistence on restriction of its sale would clearly stem from your religion Zoomzam. I consume alcohol but have never nor feel inclined to attack/rape/stab or steal. Plenty of religious people who don't consume alcohol kill, rape, lie, cheat ect. ect. By your logic should we then call for restriction on the practice of certain religions ? No ? British society does not need your creeping Islamisation and resulting Sharia law for the believers at the expense of the non believers. What we actually need is a return to a time when the judicial system had teeth and prison was a serious deterrent as apposed to the holiday camp that 40 years of liberal policies has left us with. Winston"2+2=5"Smith
  • Score: 33

6:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

Winston"2+2=5"Smith wrote:
zoomzam wrote:
Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time!
Though I would agree that excessive consumption of alcohol features in far too many cases such as the one above your insistence on restriction of its sale would clearly stem from your religion Zoomzam. I consume alcohol but have never nor feel inclined to attack/rape/stab or steal. Plenty of religious people who don't consume alcohol kill, rape, lie, cheat ect. ect. By your logic should we then call for restriction on the practice of certain religions ? No ?
British society does not need your creeping Islamisation and resulting Sharia law for the believers at the expense of the non believers.
What we actually need is a return to a time when the judicial system had teeth and prison was a serious deterrent as apposed to the holiday camp that 40 years of liberal policies has left us with.
well .... Winston"2+2=5"Smith .... bob on ... you nailed that 1 fella
[quote][p][bold]Winston"2+2=5"Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zoomzam[/bold] wrote: Too much Alcohol....time to put some restrictions on its sale especially in Supermarkets! But somehow, I doubt this will ever happen. Those who consume it are hardly likely to want it banned or restricted...those old **** in Parliament seem drunk most of the time![/p][/quote]Though I would agree that excessive consumption of alcohol features in far too many cases such as the one above your insistence on restriction of its sale would clearly stem from your religion Zoomzam. I consume alcohol but have never nor feel inclined to attack/rape/stab or steal. Plenty of religious people who don't consume alcohol kill, rape, lie, cheat ect. ect. By your logic should we then call for restriction on the practice of certain religions ? No ? British society does not need your creeping Islamisation and resulting Sharia law for the believers at the expense of the non believers. What we actually need is a return to a time when the judicial system had teeth and prison was a serious deterrent as apposed to the holiday camp that 40 years of liberal policies has left us with.[/p][/quote]well .... Winston"2+2=5"Smith .... bob on ... you nailed that 1 fella lv8151
  • Score: 25

8:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
absolutely beyond belief that disputes cannot be settled without violence
Iraq, Afghanistan, Falklands, Korea, Vietnam, Nazi Germany...do not do as I say do as the governments do, human nature...
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: absolutely beyond belief that disputes cannot be settled without violence[/p][/quote]Iraq, Afghanistan, Falklands, Korea, Vietnam, Nazi Germany...do not do as I say do as the governments do, human nature... Comment777
  • Score: 3

8:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Zoomzam has a point - alcohol and drugs were significant factors in many of the paedophile gang rape cases coming to light. Clearly those paedos won't want it restricted, nor any other criminals of that ilk. Nor will the great majority of responsible drinkers who cause no trouble or have any intention of paedophile grooming.

Incidentally, where does the article say that last night's incident was alcohol fuelled? Based on the reporting, that is a big assumption.
Zoomzam has a point - alcohol and drugs were significant factors in many of the paedophile gang rape cases coming to light. Clearly those paedos won't want it restricted, nor any other criminals of that ilk. Nor will the great majority of responsible drinkers who cause no trouble or have any intention of paedophile grooming. Incidentally, where does the article say that last night's incident was alcohol fuelled? Based on the reporting, that is a big assumption. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 5

8:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

What ever the dispute is over, it's about time they had their heads banged together. What a pathetic set of dopes they sound.

89 years old and trotting around slashing peoples throats. WTF is going on?

They should be billed for wasting very precious police time as well.
What ever the dispute is over, it's about time they had their heads banged together. What a pathetic set of dopes they sound. 89 years old and trotting around slashing peoples throats. WTF is going on? They should be billed for wasting very precious police time as well. wsw69
  • Score: 8

10:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

We dont know the full story yet was the 89 year old at his wits end with bad neighbours... or otherwise ?
We dont know the full story yet was the 89 year old at his wits end with bad neighbours... or otherwise ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 5

8:37am Tue 28 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
We dont know the full story yet was the 89 year old at his wits end with bad neighbours... or otherwise ?
It really doesn't matter when it's got to the stage with him slashing someone across the throat. Irrespective of his age, he should serve time for doing something like that. And has he ever done it before, or similar, to others in the past when he was younger?

Either way I won't be taking 'pity' regardless of his age.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: We dont know the full story yet was the 89 year old at his wits end with bad neighbours... or otherwise ?[/p][/quote]It really doesn't matter when it's got to the stage with him slashing someone across the throat. Irrespective of his age, he should serve time for doing something like that. And has he ever done it before, or similar, to others in the past when he was younger? Either way I won't be taking 'pity' regardless of his age. wsw69
  • Score: 3

10:03am Tue 28 Jan 14

Iluminati says...

Thugs and Criminals are not age restricted. People, who slash other peoples throat should be locked away for a long long time, but I suspect that the court will be lenient with this attempting killing, as the offender is 89 years old and will be getting all the artificial help from his defence team, like age related mental illness, psychological infringements, past traumatic confrontation with his victim, ect. ect.
The offender will be well taken care of and the victim will suffer.
Thugs and Criminals are not age restricted. People, who slash other peoples throat should be locked away for a long long time, but I suspect that the court will be lenient with this attempting killing, as the offender is 89 years old and will be getting all the artificial help from his defence team, like age related mental illness, psychological infringements, past traumatic confrontation with his victim, ect. ect. The offender will be well taken care of and the victim will suffer. Iluminati
  • Score: 1

1:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

ownerdriver says...

Whilst I don't condone the violence, if you read the story the attack happened in the old geezers front garden and sustained a head injury. Might this be a case of self defence, What was the victim doing on his neighbours property?
Whilst I don't condone the violence, if you read the story the attack happened in the old geezers front garden and sustained a head injury. Might this be a case of self defence, What was the victim doing on his neighbours property? ownerdriver
  • Score: 10

1:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14

JShepard says...

I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window.

Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals.
I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window. Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals. JShepard
  • Score: -1

9:25pm Wed 29 Jan 14

toes says...

JShepard wrote:
I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window.

Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals.
you obviously dont pay much attention if you live in the local area, and are jumping to conclusions based on walking past. The man staring out of the window is in fact the alleged attackers son, not the alleged attacker, his son does sit for hours staring out of the window, he also wanders up to the local for a drink, neither thing make him obsessed, you dont know what happened and yet you are calling for someone not even involved ( from the report in anycase) to have medical help based on the fact you see him looking out of a window?
[quote][p][bold]JShepard[/bold] wrote: I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window. Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont pay much attention if you live in the local area, and are jumping to conclusions based on walking past. The man staring out of the window is in fact the alleged attackers son, not the alleged attacker, his son does sit for hours staring out of the window, he also wanders up to the local for a drink, neither thing make him obsessed, you dont know what happened and yet you are calling for someone not even involved ( from the report in anycase) to have medical help based on the fact you see him looking out of a window? toes
  • Score: 2

9:15am Thu 30 Jan 14

JShepard says...

toes wrote:
JShepard wrote:
I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window.

Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals.
you obviously dont pay much attention if you live in the local area, and are jumping to conclusions based on walking past. The man staring out of the window is in fact the alleged attackers son, not the alleged attacker, his son does sit for hours staring out of the window, he also wanders up to the local for a drink, neither thing make him obsessed, you dont know what happened and yet you are calling for someone not even involved ( from the report in anycase) to have medical help based on the fact you see him looking out of a window?
"his son does sit for hours staring out of the window"

You can take it personal but it's not normal behavior. Neither is sticking a knife into somebody's neck normal behavior and on both counts I would suggest seeking help from a mental health professional.
[quote][p][bold]toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JShepard[/bold] wrote: I live in the local area and regularly walk past the pensioners home. This is not a case of thuggish behavior or a sign of the decay of our society. The pensioner who attacked his neighbor would sit day and night looking out his window. Rain or snow I would always notice him sat staring out his window. I always presumed it was just because he was old and lonely. Now I can see it was about him being obsessed with his property. He obviously snapped when some perceived slight took place and I'm finding it rather confusing why he's not being dealt with by health professionals.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont pay much attention if you live in the local area, and are jumping to conclusions based on walking past. The man staring out of the window is in fact the alleged attackers son, not the alleged attacker, his son does sit for hours staring out of the window, he also wanders up to the local for a drink, neither thing make him obsessed, you dont know what happened and yet you are calling for someone not even involved ( from the report in anycase) to have medical help based on the fact you see him looking out of a window?[/p][/quote]"his son does sit for hours staring out of the window" You can take it personal but it's not normal behavior. Neither is sticking a knife into somebody's neck normal behavior and on both counts I would suggest seeking help from a mental health professional. JShepard
  • Score: -1

1:31pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Lancashire always says...

Well I was thinking of looking out of my window but I don't think I will now those people walking past my house staring in at me might think I am strange !! Seems like drink or no drink things should not have escalated to this result yes sorry but the 89 year old man should be prosecuted also whoever caused the injury to his head !

Happy 30th Jims Grandma and here's to many more xx
Well I was thinking of looking out of my window but I don't think I will now those people walking past my house staring in at me might think I am strange !! Seems like drink or no drink things should not have escalated to this result yes sorry but the 89 year old man should be prosecuted also whoever caused the injury to his head ! Happy 30th Jims Grandma and here's to many more xx Lancashire always
  • Score: 1

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