Man stabbed four times in violent burglary
11:47am Monday 26th August 2013 in NW
A MAN was stabbed four times by a burglar who broke into his home and violently attacked him before stealing his wallet as he lay on the floor.
The 62-year-old man is now in hospital after the stabbing, which took place at his home on Diamond Street, Leigh, at about 5.30pm yesterday, Sunday.
Police say he is lucky his injuries weren't life-threatening.
Police say the victim had just returned home and went into his house through the kitchen door which is at the side of the building.
A few minutes later, he heard a knock and went to answer it.
He was then confronted by the burglar, who forced his way in and stabbed him four times in the back and chest with a blade. After snatching the victim's wallet from his pocket as he lay defenceless on the ground, the thief then fled.
The offender is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, in his 30s, and said to have a scruffy appearance and may have taken drugs.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: "Thankfully, the victim's injuries are not life-threatening and he is receiving treatment in the best possible place.
"First and foremost, our thoughts are with him and we hope he will make a full recovery following this shocking and appalling incident.
"It is no exaggeration to say this man's injuries could have been far worse and possibly even fatal given that he was stabbed up to four times with some sort of blade.
"The actions of this violent offender are utterly reprehensible, cowardly and we need to find him and bring him to justice.
"I would appeal to anyone who either has information about this incident, or perhaps suspects who the offender may be, to come forward with what you know.
"Your information could be absolutely crucial so if you do know something, please call us. If you think you recognise the offender, do not approach him but call police straight away.
"I also understand the anxiety this will cause in the local area.
"Thankfully, incidents of such violence in the privacy of people's homes are extremely rare in this area and we believe this is an isolated incident.
"Nevertheless, this in no way diminishes the seriousness of this crime and we must ensure no-one else falls victim to such violence.
"There will be a large police presence in the area in the coming days and I would ask that if anyone is worried they approach an officer.
"We do not want people to panic but it is right people take precautions at this time. If you have a chain or lock on your door, make sure you use it and do not answer the door to strangers."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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