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Man is burgled and abducted
Monday 5th January, 2009

A man was abducted and forced to withdraw money by armed men.

The victim was asleep at his home on Woodhouse Lane, Wigan on Saturday 3 January, when a man holding a knife woke him up around 4.30am.

Another man was also in the room and they hit the victim around the head before tying him up and searching his house.

They stole a television and keys to the victim's car, a blue-green coloured Vauxhall Corsa.

The men put the television into the Corsa and then demanded the pin number to the victim's credit card. When he gave this he was put into the boot of the car.

It is thought they drove around Wigan before driving to a cash machine in Wigan town centre.

They withdrew cash and then drove the victim to the Park Road area of Wigan. They got him out of the car and drove off.

He made his way home and spoke briefly to a man walking his dog.

The car was later recovered in the Beech Hill area of Wigan.

Detective Constable Daniel Ritchie of Wigan police said: "These men broke into the victims house and beat him.

"They then tied him up and put him into the boot of a car, driving him around in the early hours of the morning.

"This was an unusual but very serious incident. This man could have been much more seriously injured and he was left in fear of his life.

"We need to speak to anyone with information and in particular the man the victim spoke to while out walking his dog.

"The victim was not dressed for the weather or time of day and would be easily remembered. If you saw the victim walking home through Wigan or have seen the car in the local area please get in touch."

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

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