Manhunt launched after stab attack

Police attend the scene at Diamond Street, Leigh, where a 62-year-old man was stabbed four times

Police attend the scene at Diamond Street, Leigh, where a 62-year-old man was stabbed four times

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POLICE are still hunting a man who stabbed a great-grandad in his own Wigan home.

Steve Butterworth, 62, is still in hospital after the attack, which took place in Diamond Street, Leigh, at 5.30pm on Sunday.

The attacker forced his way into the house and stabbed Mr Butterworth four times in the back and chest areas with a blade. After snatching the dad-of-two’s wallet from his pocket, the thief then fled. The offender is described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, in his 30s, and said to have a scruffy appearance and may have taken drugs.

His sister-in-law Maureen McDonald, 52, said: “Steve has no enemies. He just doesn’t deserve this- he’s just getting over the death of his wife. I’m disgusted.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: “The actions of this violent offender are utterly reprehensible, cowardly and we need to find him and bring him to justice.

“Thankfully, incidents of such violence in the privacy of people’s homes are extremely rare in this area and we believe this is an isolated incident. But if you have a chain or lock on your door, make sure you use it and do not answer the door to strangers.”