Detectives hunt machete-wielding man after woman left lying in street in Leigh following robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a machete-wielding man stole and crashed a woman’s car in Leigh.

At around 4.15pm on Friday 12 May 2017, a 35-year-old woman was in her white Mitsubishi Lancer on Bradshawgate, at the junction of King Street, when a man drove into the back of her car.

The man driving the other car, a dark grey Volvo estate, pulled alongside the woman and signalled for her to follow him before driving down King Street and onto St Helens Road.

The woman believed she was travelling to a safe place to stop and swap details but, as the car came to a stop on Etherstone Street, and the woman got out of her car, she was met by a man carrying a machete and wearing a balaclava.

He punched her and kicked her to the ground before taking her keys and getting into her car with another man, a passenger from the Volvo. They drove along St Helens Road before crashing the vehicle a short time later on Newton Road, Lowton.

Both men fled the scene towards a housing estate and onto Moss Industrial Estate near to St Helens Road.

The woman suffered cuts to her head, bruising to her knees and elbows and swelling to her face.

Enquiries have established that the Volvo, which was abandoned on Etherstone Street, had been reported stolen on 8 May 2017 from the Wigan area.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident and are particularly interested in speaking to a woman who witnessed the initial collision.

Detective Constable Andrew Partington of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “This is a frightful and deceitful incident with a man brandishing a machete in broad daylight.

“We need witnesses to come forward to find the heartless criminals who took advantage of a woman’s vulnerability and attacked her in the street.

“If you are the woman who spoke directly to the driver of the Volvo, please get in touch with us, we believe you could help us identify those responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7225, 101 quoting reference number 1590 of 12/05/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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