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Car jacking - man left with stab wounds
Friday 5th September, 2008

A man was left with slash wounds to his arm and upper body after his car was robbed from a petrol station in Wigan.

At 9:30pm on Thursday 4 September 2008, the 28 year-old man drove to the Shell services petrol station on Warrington Road, Marus Bridge to fill his car with fuel.

After paying for his petrol, the man opened his black Ford Focus ST registration BP08 GHK and got into the car.

With the car door still open, the victim noticed two men stood beside him. One of the men was carrying a lump hammer and the other was carrying a machete.

The man with the machete swung at the victim and he stuck out his wrist in self-defence.

The victim got out of the car in an effort to defend himself and a scuffle ensued, during which the victim was repeatedly struck with both hammer and machete.

A Honda Civic being driven by a third offender has driven onto the forecourt in what police describe as a deliberate attempt to knock the victim over.

During this time the man's Ford Focus was driven away. The Civic was abandoned at the scene.

The two offenders who approached the victim were both wearing balaclavas, but are both described as black, 5ft 10in tall and of stocky build.

There is no description of the driver of the Honda Civic.

The victim was taken to hospital with wounds to his torso, hands and arm. He received 28 stitches, but his condition is not life threatening.

Detective Sergeant John Davies said: "This was a very violent robbery, where the offenders showed that they are willing to injure their victims in an effort to get what they want.

"The victim's injuries could have been significantly more serious than what they currently are.

The incident took place in a public place and police are appealing for any witnesses to who may of seen the incident or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the Focus ST or may have seen a Silver Honda Civic Type R in the Wigan area acting suspiciously on Thursday 4 September to come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7252 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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