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'I thought I was going to die' police appeal after pensioner attacked in Wigan

Police are appealing for information after a pensioner walking his dog was assaulted in Wigan.

Thomas Hart, 64, was attacked by a man on a path behind in his home in Ince-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester, on Sunday October 20 2019, around 8.15pm.

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The offender is described as a white man, in his mid-30s, of large build, around 6ft with a shaved head, wearing a blue t-shirt.

Police believe he was in the company of two children when the assault occurred.

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Mr Hart told the Manchester Evening News:

I thought he was going to kill me and leave me for dead.

He was in a frenzy and it didn't seem like he was going to stop.

His kids had run off screaming at this point. They were only about seven or eight.

– Mr Hart

It is thought the man tried to strangle Mr Hart with a dog lead, leaving him gasping for breath and fearing for his life.

Mr Hart said: "He kept pulling it tighter. I thought I was going to die, I couldn't breathe."

Emergency services attended the scene and Mr Hart was tended to by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.

Constable Sean Goddard of the Wigan division, said:

This was a violent attack on a defenceless man who was left understandably shaken.

We are particularly keen to speak to anyone that was on or around Battersby Street at the time of the incident and may have heard or seen anything suspicious.

I would also like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to find the man responsible.

  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7124, quoting incident number 2952 of 20/10/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.