Cemetery robbery charge

A MAN has appeared before magistrates accused of attempted murder, witness intimidation and the shocking robbery of an elderly graveyard worker.

Jamie Evans, 30, was arrested by police investigating a savage attack on 72-year-old Eric Hicks outside Atherton Cemetery on the night of September 30, as he was locking up the grounds. The pensioner suffered terrible facial injuries which have already required multiple stitches to a lacerated lip, and he is soon expected to undergo reconstructive surgery to a shattered cheekbone.

After the attack, Mr Hicks’s phone, cash and car key were stolen.

Evans, of Bolton Road, Atherton, is also charged, along with another man, in connection with an incident where a man was stabbed in the neck in Atherton.

The attempted murder and witness intimidation charges relate to an incident on Devonshire Road at 1.55am on Tuesday, where a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the neck.

Heavily bleeding, he had managed to stagger to Chaucer Grove nearby, before the emergency services came to his aid.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to a serious stab injury, but while he is still in hospital, his condition is now described as stable and is not believed to be life-threatening.

Evans appeared at Wigan Magistrates yesterday on all three charges, and was immediately committed to Liverpool Crown Court.

Jack Gregory, 20, of Chaucer Grove, Atherton, appeared at the Wigan court on Thursday, charged with attempted murder and witness intimidation, and was also committed to Liverpool.

Both he and Evans were remanded in custody until their first appearance before a judge together on October 25.

Police are still appealing for information in relation to the incidents in question. Anyone with information is asked to call officers in Wigan on 0161 856 7255 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.