New appeal as Leigh stabbing victim remains in critical condition
6:09pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in NW
A 62-YEAR-OLD man remains 'gravely ill' in hospital after being stabbed four times in his own home.
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after the stabbing at his home on Diamond Street, Leigh, around 5.30pm on August 25.
The victim had just returned home when he heard a knock on the door and went to answer it.
He was confronted by a man who is believed to have forced his way in and stabbed the victim four times in the back and chest areas with some sort of blade.
After snatching the victim's wallet from his pocket as he lay defenceless on the ground, the thief then fled.
Witnesses saw a man of the same appearance attend at the victim's house earlier in the day and on a previous occasion.
The offender is described as white, about 5ft 9in to 10in, in his 30s, and of medium build with short, fair coloured hair.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward.
Det Ch Insp Howard Millington said: "This man has spent the best part of a week in hospital and he remains very poorly. He has been subjected to a violent, terrifying attack in the sanctity of his own home and left with possibly life-changing injuries.
"We, and his family, remain hopeful he will recover but his condition has not improved since he was first admitted and he is gravely ill.
"Understandably his family are both desperate for him to recover but also for answers, so we are renewing our appeal for anyone with information about this horrendous stabbing to come forward.
"If you do know something, or you suspect who may be involved, then please contact the police."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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