Police appeal for witnesses to stabbing in Ashton-under-Lyne

POLICE officers are trying to locate a man after a stabbing in Ashton-Under-Lyne. 

At 1.10pm on Sunday 23 December 2018, the ambulance service notified police that they were responding to reports of a man with stab wounds on Hillgate Street.

The patient – a man in his 30s – reported that a man had approached him and grabbed him by the throat before stabbing him to his right leg and hand.

He was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries and has since been discharged to recover at home.

A man officers want to speak to in connection with the stabbing is described as white, around 6ft 3in tall, of stocky build with a pale, blotchy face and stubble. He was wearing a grey woollen hat, a thick grey coat and grey jogging bottoms. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Chris Oldham of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “While I appreciate the circumstances are odd, with a stabbing happening in broad daylight just a couple of days before Christmas, I’m hoping that someone would have seen something out of the ordinary that may help our investigation.

“Fortunately, the man didn’t spend his Christmas in hospital but it could have been such a different story had he received more serious injuries.

“The description of the man we’ve released is quite distinctive so I’m asking anyone who has any information to contact us as soon as they can.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9262 quoting reference number 1057 of 23/12/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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