Car jack thug hit man with hammer

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A MAN was struck in the head with a hammer during a car-jacking in Wigan.

The victim, 44, was forced to spend a few days in hospital as a result of the head injury he sustained during the attack.

It happened outside the New Good Food takeaway on Westleigh Lane in Wigan at around 11.30pm on August 24.

The victim was loading food into his car, a silver Honda CRV, for a delivery but as he tried to shut the driver’s door he was approached from behind by the offender, who then dragged him out of the car.

After demanding the car keys, the two men struggled over the keys until the offender struck the victim in the forehead with some sort of weapon, believed to be a hammer.

The thief then got into the car and drove off along Westleigh Lane towards Atherleigh Way.

The stolen car was later found abandoned on Croydon Avenue in Leigh.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward. The offender is described as white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 7in tall and wearing dark clothing. It is also believed he is local to the area.

Detective Constable Alison Wallwork said: “The man we are looking for is a violent offender who attacked this man with a weapon, leaving him with a nasty head injury.

“I would therefore appeal to anyone who thinks they know the identity of the offender, or has information about this incident, to call us.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the stolen Honda after it was taken and before it was abandoned the following afternoon.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7292 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.