Two men were stabbed and a loyal pet dog injured in a terrifying machete attack that has sent shockwaves through a Wigan community.
A gang of four armed with knives and machetes stormed a property on Priory Road, Bryn, after dark, inflicting serious wounds to the two occupants.
Both have received hospital treatment and detectives believe the injured dog was trying to protect its owner during the “targeted” knife attack. The pet received veterinary treatment and, along with its owners, is understood to be in a stable condition.
An investigation has been launched and officers have moved to reassure residents following the “shocking” events which occurred around 10.30pm on Friday.
Det Insp Martin Reddington said: “This is a very shocking incident and will have no doubt caused a lot of concern within the community.
“I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be a targeted attack, with no further threat to other members of the community however residents may notice an increased police presence.
“I would urge anyone with information to please contact the police.”
The gang members are all described as men dressed in dark clothing who spoke with Liverpool accents, police said.
One of the occupants received injuries to his hand, the other was cut to the head. Both received medical treatment at the scene and were later taken to hospital.
The extent of the injuries initially suggested both may require surgery, a force spokesman told the Evening Post.
Although it is now understood that only one of the victims has remained in hospital, the other has now been discharged following treatment.
The injuries sustained by the male dog have not been disclosed with officers having only confirmed it had received medical treatment.
Residents said the area around Priory Road has been cordoned off and officers have been on the scene throughout the weekend.
Anybody with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1216 of May 20, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.