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Police investigate petrol bomb incident
Tuesday 19th March, 2013

A Wigan man who heard a bang at the front of his house was shocked to find a petrol bomb had been set off in his lounge.

At about 10.20pm on Monday 18 March 2013, the 54-year-old man was at home on Mount View, Lower Ince, when he heard the noise and went to check.

When he got to the front room, he found that a fire had started and quickly managed to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.

A silver car was seen leaving the area shortly afterwards.

Detectives believe the attack could be linked with the stabbing of a man in Wigan on Saturday 16 March 2013.

The 24-year-old man went to hospital with wounds to the face, neck and abdomen. It is believed he was attacked at the same address.

The man is making a recovery from his injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington said: "This was a horrifying experience for the victim, who is fortunate he wasn't badly hurt or killed by this hateful act.

"We have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind this petrol bomb attack and the stabbing over the weekend, and we have a number of lines of enquiry that we are pursuing.

"However, we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen where the offenders went next.

"Dedicated patrols have been put in place to reassure both the victim and the wider community."

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the stabbing incident, and has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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