CCTV: Attempted Carjacking In Prestwich Linked To Serious Stabbing

Detectives have released a CCTV image after a third man was attacked following an online dating app meeting.

At around 5.45pm yesterday a man in his 20’s was threatened in his car on Bolton Road in Pendlebury by a man he had met up with earlier this afternoon via an online dating app.

The offender – who was a passenger in the car – threatened the man as they were parked on the roadside and demanded he hand over his car keys before stabbing him several times.

The attacker then fled the scene on foot in the direction of Birch Drive towards High Bank Road.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries and he remains there for treatment.

This incident is being linked to two other carjacking attempts that occurred on Mondat in Irlams o’ th’ Height, Salford and Prestwich.

The Prestwich incident saw a man in his 40s have a knife held to his throat by another man on Bury Old Road who demanded the victim’s car keys. 
The victim received small cuts to his throat, back and forearm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to as part of their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Gareth Jenkins, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “This is now the third attack following an attempted carjacking after an online dating app meeting and we’re working hard to find the man responsible.

“We have a CCTV image of a man we want to speak to as part of our investigation and I would appeal directly to the man to get in touch with us.

“We would also continue to encourage people using dating apps to always meet new people in public places and to let someone know where you’re going.

“If you have any information that could assist our investigation or if you recognise the man pictured, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5194 or 101 quoting reference number 1764 of 26/03/2019.

Reports can also be made anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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