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Man beaten with hammer and has car stolen in another attack at Metrolink station
Friday 23rd March 2018 @ 13:05 by Tom Greggan
Chadderton Crime News Oldham Town

There has been another vicious gang attack at a Metrolink stop in Oldham after a man was beaten with a hammer at Derker last night (March 22nd).

At around 7.30pm, the victim had just got into his white Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked in the car park on Cromford Street, having arrived on a tram from Manchester, when he was dragged out by a group of men.

They then attacked him with a hammer and drove of in his car, in tandem with two other vehicles.

The victim, a man in his 40s, suffered serious head injuries and remains in hospital awaiting surgery.

All three vehicles involved have been recovered by police on Langham Road in Chadderton, and officers say they want to speak to seven people in connection with the attack.They are described as male, Asian, aged between late teens and early 20s, dressed in all black clothing, possibly tracksuits.

The latest incident comes after police released shocking CCTV footage of a man being beaten unconscious by a group of Asian teenagers at the Freehold tram stop on March 8th.

Following the attack, Oldham West & Royton MP Jim McMahon called for tighter security on the Metrolink network.

Detectives investigating the incidents do not believe they are linked, but are keeping an open mind about the full circumstances.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Faulkner of GMP’s Oldham Borough, said: “Fortunately, we’ve been able to recover the three vehicles so officers from our forensic teams will be working quickly to gather as much evidence as possible from them but we need any witnesses to contact us urgently.

“As there were a number of cars in the area, I’m sure that someone must have dashcam footage or have seen something that would help us with our investigation.

“I cannot stress the importance of contacting us with information that could prove vital in catching the people that are responsible for leaving a man with severe head injuries so please, make sure you make that call.

“We are putting additional resources into the area over the coming days and I would urge people to speak to those officers about any concerns or with details of anything they have seen.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8538 quoting reference number 1863 of 22/03/18 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.