DETECTIVES say a brutal stabbing in a Worsley Mesnes street which left a man with serious head injuries may have been linked to a disturbance which got out of hand.
Officers were called to Kingsley Avenue on Saturday at around 10.45pm after receiving reports a man had been stabbed.
They arrived to find a 24-year-old man suffering horrific knife wounds to his head and body.
Witnesses told officers the victim had been savagely set upon with a large kitchen knife.
A force spokesman said the victim was approached by a man who attacked him with the weapon.
He was taken to hospital for treatment for wounds to his head and body but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The offender is described as a man, aged in his 30s or 40s, of slim to medium build with short light coloured hair wearing dark clothing. He was riding a mountain bike.
Det Sgt Derek Thomas based at Wigan Police Station said: “We believe the attack was targeted.
“It may have been related to a disturbance that occurred in the same street about 15 minutes earlier. This will form part of our investigation and enquiries are continuing.
“This was a violent attack that has left a man with serious injuries and in a lot of pain. We are relying on members of the public who may have seen what happened to come forward.
“If you were in or around the area at the time and believe you may have witnessed the incident, please contact police as soon as possible.”
Police need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who witnessed the previous disturbance.
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.