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Police appeal after man deliberately hit by car in Wigan
Tuesday 4th March, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was deliberately hit by a car in Wigan last night.

The collision happened at around 8.30pm on Argyll Street in Wigan and the 49-year-old man is now recovering in hospital.

Police believe the collision was a targeted attack against the individual and significant enquiries are underway to trace those responsible.

The man had previously been at a gym on Warrington Road in Marus Bridge and left at around 8.20pm, when he began to drive home in his car, an Audi A4.

As he drove near to Goose Green labour club on the A49 at Goose Green, he noticed that a car appeared to be following him and was flashing its lights at him.

The man pulled his car over on Warrington Road at the junction with Argyll Street to see what the driver wanted and the vehicle, a silver Ford Fiesta or similar model, with possibly up to four people in, pulled up alongside him.

The driver in the silver car pointed a firearm across the passenger sat next to him, and towards the man in his car.

The victim got out of his car and as he did, the silver vehicle drove off, before stopping a short way up the street, where the driver got out of the car and once again pointed the firearm at the man.

The victim ran back to his car, at which point the silver car turned around, mounted the pavement and grass verge and deliberately hit the man, before driving off.

The man was taken to hospital and is not currently believed to be seriously injured, but is still receiving treatment and undergoing further tests to assess his injuries.

No shots were fired at any point during the incident.

The car involved is believed to be a silver Ford Fiesta or similar model with blacked out windows.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington from Wigan CID said: “Clearly this is a very worrying set of circumstances in which we believe this man has been deliberately targeted by these offenders.

“I understand people will be scared when they hear news of what has happened, but I would like to reassure them if I can that we do not believe this was a random attack and we have a number of resources dedicated to identifying these people to take them off our streets.

“We are appealing for the public’s help and are asking for any witnesses to come forward that saw the silver car flashing its lights as it drove behind the victim from Goose Green. Did you perhaps see the registration plate, or did you see the actual incident itself on Argyll Street, or where the offending car drove off to afterwards?

“You may think that what you saw is only trivial, but it could be vital to our investigation, so please get in touch.”

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

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