Residents fear ‘retaliation’ as neighbourhood rocked by machete gang attack
Residents in a quiet Rochdale neighbourhood have been left terrified after their street was the scene of a sickening machete attack. A 21-year-old man suffered ‘potentially life-threatening injuries’ after he was set upon by a gang armed with knives at around 9.45pm on Tuesday. Witnesses claim the victim, fearing he was going to die, ‘screamed for his mother’ while being dragged from a wrecked car which had crashed into a lamppost in Shawclough Road.
:Man shot in Salford – latest updates from police scene He was then beaten by the machete and ‘chain’-wielding thugs. Meanwhile, residents who saw police officers swarm their street ‘within a minute’ of the attack have been left fearing ‘retaliation’.
A 73-year-old woman told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s really left me feeling like I don’t want to leave the house.
“I’m sure someone willing to attack a 21-year-old man with machetes wouldn’t think twice about knocking someone like me over to get to them.” Another young man, who lives nearby and wished not to be named, said: “Things like this never happen in this part of Rochdale, we get the odd car crash here because it’s a busy road, but that’s it.
“There were cops here within a minute of it happening.”
A number of forensic tents were established at the scene (Image: STEVE ALLEN)
A second witness described how he rushed to a window after hearing a loud noise and saw smoke. “I quickly grabbed my shoes and went running out to see a silver pickup truck pull up and a gang of guys get out,” he added. “They pulled the driver [out] of the car that had crashed, which was a red Golf, and beat him and hit him with chains.
“All I could hear was a guy screaming for them to stop, which they did, then casually they got in the pickup truck and drove off.
The scene of the attack in Shawclough Road, Rochdale (Image: STEVE ALLEN)
“As I got down to the bottom of the road, a member of the public was already assisting the man who had been attacked who was covered in blood. The car was a total wreck. “A lamppost had been completely knocked over.
A BT junction box had been removed from the ground. “The man was screaming for his mother, that we ‘call her as he was going to die’.” The smashed-up Volkswagen Golf was later seen under a tent, being examined by suited forensic investigators.
Police and forensic officers combing the road for clues (Image: STEVE ALLEN)
The smashed-up Volkswagen Golf was later seen under a tent, being examined by suited forensic investigators, before the car was removed from the scene on a specialist vehicle truck.
Forensic officers remained on the road gathering plastic packets of materials, photographing patches of round marked out with numbers.
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Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here The witness also described shocking facial injuries.
“This guy was beaten very badly and there was a lot of blood,” he added.
(Image: STEVE ALLEN)
“It was very shocking incident. It was quite horrific thing to occur near our normally peaceful neighbourhood.” Police are appealing for witnesses.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said this morning: “At around 9.45pm on Tuesday, October 5, police received a report of a collision and a male being assaulted on Bentley Street, Rochdale.
“Emergency services attended and enquiries established a 21-year-old man was seriously assaulted by a group of males with machetes. “He has been taken to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. “Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.
A scene remains in place this morning.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8067 or 101 quoting incident 2938 of 05/10/21 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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