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Man brutally attacked in robbery
Saturday 22nd November, 2008

A Wigan man had his arm and leg broken by armed robbers in a brutal and wholly unprovoked attack.

The 32-year-old, who is from the Orrell area, had just finished work on Wigan Road in Bryn at just after 10.00pm on Tuesday 18 November 2008 when the attack happened.

He was walking back to his car when two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas approached him.

One of the robbers was carrying a baseball bat, the other a lump hammer.

They demanded his car keys and when the man did not immediately hand them over they started to attack him, hitting him with the weapons.

During the attack another man drove onto the car park where the victim's car was parked.

He saw the offenders, who immediately went over to his car and started attacking him as well.

They smashed the windscreen and the front passenger window with the baseball bat before jumping into another dark coloured car and speeding away down Wigan Road towards Ashton In Makerfield.

Such was the force of the attack that the victim is currently in Wigan Royal Infirmary being treated for a broken leg, multiple fractures to his arm and bruising to his head.

The offenders stole the car key.

The witness to the attack also suffered cuts to his head from the broken glass from his car window.

Detective Constable Andy Pickles said: "The brutality of this attack is shocking, and the victim, though seriously injured, is actually lucky not to be worse off. Not content with that, these vicious thugs then turned on another innocent witness to their violence.

"We have to find these men. I urge anyone else who might have witnessed this attack, or who saw the offender's car speeding away towards Ashton, to contact us straight away."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police in Wigan on 0161 856 1283 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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