Toddler witnesses dad being attacked by masked gang in their Wigan home
A Wigan dad was hacked with a machete in front of his toddler by a masked gang who forced their way into his house.
The 29-year-old was alone with his child late on Wednesday night when the intruders, armed with both the blade and a sledgehammer, first smashed up his car and then shattered a window at the front of the property on Tenbury Drive, Ashton-in-Makerfield in order to get in.
A neighbour told wigantoday that the house has been the focus of vandal attacks before, to such an extent that the occupants have put roller shutters on all the windows at the back and spikes on the fence to deter intruders.
But the security measures failed to keep out the raiders who hospitalised the father by striking him with the machete and traumatised the child in the process.
Police today appealed for witness to the 11pm attack and for anyone else with information about it to come forward.
Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital with injuries to his leg and hands. He has since been discharged.
No arrests have so far been made and an investigation is under way.
Inquiries are currently ongoing in regards to stolen property.
The men have been described as being dressed in all black and wearing balaclavas at the time of the incident.
Dete Con Paul Sumner, of GMP's Wigan district, said: "This is a shocking incident where a man was brutally assaulted in his own home in front of his young toddler who was present in the room at the time.
"This was a terrifying ordeal, and I understand that this incident may understandably cause alarm within the local community.
"I would like to reassure residents that we are treating this incident seriously and will have an increased police presence in the area as we continue our investigation.
"If anyone saw anything suspicious around the time of this incident, or has any information at all, please contact police immediately as even the smallest piece of information could play a vital part in helping us to bring these offenders to justice."
The neighbour said: "I have lost track of the number of times that house has been attacked. It's window and doors are always being put through.
"The people there have turned it into a fortress with shutters and spikes on the fence. It's horrible and frightening to think this is happening on our doorsteps. I feel so sorry for the child in particular."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7264, quoting incident number 3442 of 21/04/2021.
Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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