A man was slashed with a flick knife by a stranger as he made his way home in Wigan.
At 9.50pm on Wednesday 21 October 2015 a 51-year-old man was walking along Derwent Place when he saw a man he thought he knew.
The offender took unprecedented exception to the contact and started to accuse the victim of trying to buy drugs from himDS Nigel Rigby
As he got closer he realised it was a mistaken identity and apologised.
The other man accused the victim of trying to buy drugs and lashed out at him. As the victim walked away the man produced a small knife and slashed the victim on his body.
The victim made his way to a local shop and called for an ambulance. He was taken to hospital for treatment to the wound.
The offender is described as a white man, 5ft 10in tall, in his mid 20s with short dark coloured hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark trousers.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby said: “The offender took unprecedented exception to the contact and started to accuse the victim of trying to buy drugs from him. The victim walked away but the offender managed to slash the victim with what has been described as a flick knife. I would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and seen the altercation or who saw the offender to contact police.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7124, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.