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Man assaulted after road rage - Wigan
Friday 1st February, 2008

A man was left with nasty injuries to his head and ribs following an attack in Wigan.

At about 7.45pm on Sunday, 20 January 2008, the 66-year-old man was driving along Wigan Lane when a silver 4x4 pulled out in front of him. The driver of the 4x4 was seen to repeatedly slam on the brakes, forcing the victim to also brake hard.

Eventually, the victim passed the silver car and both parked up near Cherry Gardens.

When the victim got out of his car to confront the other driver, the offender spat at him and kicked him in the left leg, causing him to fall to the floor. The offender then kicked the victim in the ribs and the face.

The offender then stole the victim's glasses and drove off.

The man was left badly shaken and was taken to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary where he was treated for his injuries.

The offender is described as white, about 35-years-old about 5ft 10in tall, of muscular build and had shaven fair hair. He is also described as having a large nose and was wearing a brown jacket and very shiny pointed shoes. He spoke with a local accent.

The offender's vehicle, thought to be a BMW or a Porsche, carried the partial registration number SOC.

Police Constable Becky Whittaker, based at Wigan Police Station, said: "This was a very nasty incident of road rage and resulted in the victim being assaulted quite viciously.

"He had to have six stitches as a result of his glasses being smashed into his head when he was kicked on the floor.

"I would urge anyone who saw the incident or thinks they may know who the offender is to come forward."

Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault, or who has any information, to contact officers in Wigan on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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