Petrol bomb linked to stabbing

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DETECTIVES are investigating the possibility that a petrol bomb attack in Wigan could be linked to a man being stabbed at the weekend.

At about 10.20pm on Monday, a 54-year-old man was at home in Mount View, Lower Ince, when he heard a noise and went to check.

To his horror, he discovered a petrol bomb had been set off in the lounge at the front of his house.

He quickly put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher and a silver car was seen leaving the area shortly afterwards.

Police say they have reason to believe that the attack could be linked to a stabbing in Wigan on Saturday.

Officers were called by North West Ambulance Service who reported a man had been dropped off by a car at Wigan Infirmary suffering from severe stab wounds at about 4.25pm.

The 24-year-old, who obtained several serious stab wounds to the face, neck and abdomen, remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington has labelled the smokebomb attack as a “hateful act” and has made an urgent appeal for witnesses.

He said: “This was a horrifying experience for the victim, who is fortunate he wasn’t badly hurt or killed by this hateful act.

“We have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind this petrol bomb attack and the stabbing over the weekend, and we have a number of lines of enquiry that we are pursuing.

“However, we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen where the offenders went next.

“Dedicated patrols have been put in place to reassure both the victim and the wider community.”

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the stabbing incident and has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.