Landlord in hammer attack

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A WIGAN landlord was attacked with a hammer by three men who triggered off the community club’s alarm.

At around 2am on Tuesday (June 5) the 40-year-old man went to check after the alarm went off at the Maypole Community Club on Warrington Road.

He found that one of the fire doors had been forced open. After ensuring that nothing had been stolen and that the building was secure, he reset the alarm and went back home, which is a short walk away.

About 10 minutes later, the landlord saw a number of hooded men at the back of the club.

Along with his wife, son and another family member, he went back to the club to ask the men to move on.

When they reached a nearby field they were confronted by two men who immediately attacked him with a hammer. He was hit with it on the head at least twice and attacked with a knife while on the floor.

The victim’s wife at one point lay on top of him and kicked out at the offenders to try and protect him.

The offenders ran off.

The landlord suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged and is recovering at home. The offenders were three men, two of whom were between 5ft 10in to 6ft tall. They were in dark clothing and hooded tops. The third man was about 6ft tall.

Detective Sergeant Joanne Clawson said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a hard working member of the public who was simply protecting his business.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or 0800 555 111.