Men still critical after double stabbing

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after two men were stabbed in Wigan.

Monday, 4th April 2016, 7:16 am
Updated Monday, 4th April 2016, 8:21 am
Templeton Road was taped off after the brawl and double stabbing

Police were called to Gas Street shortly after 7pm on Thursday, March 31, to a report of a group of people fighting but when officers arrived the group had dispersed.

Further enquiries established that two men had been taken to hospital with stab wounds, where they both remain in a critical but stable condition.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and three men have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. All six people have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Police enquiries are ongoing, and officers now believe that this incident occurred after a number of men were involved in a confrontation on Templeton Road, Platt Bridge, near to McDonalds.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington from GMP’s Wigan division said: “We have been carrying out significant enquiries to establish what exactly has happened here that has led to two men lying seriously injured in hospital.

“We believe that a number of men were on Templeton Road, near to Gas Street and Lomax Street, when several other men have approached them in a dark Jeep type vehicle. There has then been a confrontation and this has resulted in two men suffering serious injuries, before both groups quickly dispersed prior to police arriving on the scene.

“I am asking for anyone that was in this area around the time of the incident, to please call us if you saw either of these groups of men, any vehicles, or if you saw the altercation itself?

“Your information may only seem trivial to you, but it could be an important part of our investigation, so please call us if you saw or heard anything that you think might be linked to this case.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Wigan police station on 0161 856 7124, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.