Second teenager arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after 'horrific' stabbing of elderly man

Two suspects are in custody after the 'horrific' stabbing
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A second teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an elderly man was stabbed in Wigan. Police were called to reports of the stabbing on Edge Hall Road, in Orrell, at around 4pm last Thursday (June 27).

The victim, aged in his 70s, was rushed to hospital from the scene, where he remains with serious injuries. He is receiving specialist treatment.

Greater Manchester Police initially arrested an 18-year-old man the following day, Friday (June 28), on suspicion of attempted murder. He currently remains in custody.

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Following further enquiries, officers have since arrested a second suspect, a 19-year-old man, on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody to be questioned by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Bell from GMP's Wigan district said, “Since this incident took place, we have utilised our resources to ensure we could find key people we believe are responsible for this horrific act.

“Hopefully our progress so far gives some reassurance to our local community that we are treating this with the seriousness it deserves and would once again like to thank members of the public for assisting us in our enquiries.”

Anyone who has additional information that may help officers is asked to call 101 direct quoting incident 2319 of 27/06/2024. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.