Driver suffers head injury in carjacking

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A WIGAN man was threatened with a knife and hauled from his vehicle in a terrifying carjacking incident outside a pub.

The 34-year-old victim suffered head injuries having been struck several times as the offenders shouted for him to get out of his Ford Transit van.

Detectives are now appealing for witnesses to the incident which took place in the car park of the Stag Inn in Orrell at 4.30pm on Monday, December 9.

Det Sgt Graham Clare said the man had been left shaken and traumatised by the attack.

He said: “The victim was sat in his vehicle, a white van, while it was parked up and he was waiting for an associate or a friend.

“He was approached by a male with a Liverpudlian accent, there was more than one but we don’t know for certain how many. They came to the driver’s side and screamed at him to get out of the van and told him they had a knife.

“He was struck several times to the head and the van keys were snatched from him, he was then pushed out of the vehicle and it was driven away.

“Due to the nature of the attack and that it happened so quickly he didn’t get chance to describe the offenders apart from their accents, because they were shouting.

“There’s no way they would have known that he would have been waiting there at that time and at that location so we’re treating it as an opportunist theft.

“But they’ve wanted that particular vehicle for a reason unknown at the minute.”

Detectives received reports that the van was spotted in Skelmersdale later on Monday but despite liaising with colleagues at Lancashire Police, no confirmed sighting was forthcoming and the van remains missing.

Det Sgt Clare added: “It is a busy junction on Orrell Road and we’d like anyone who may have spotted something suspicious in the area - in particular a dark-coloured Mazda with a 55 plate that may be linked to the offenders - to get in touch.”

The van’s registration is BN52 TDV.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may have spotted the vehicle is asked to contact Wigan police on 101 or charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.