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Baseball bat assault in Weaste leaves two critically injured

A serious assault in the Weaste area of Salford this morning has left a man and woman in their 30s in a critical condition in hospital.

Shortly before 2am on Monday 18 January police were called to Barff Road to reports that a man and a woman were being attacked by a man with a baseball bat.

A 36-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they remain in a critical condition.

A 30-year-old woman was also taken to hospital for treatment for a broken hand.

Detectives said they believed the attack was “witnessed by a large number of people” and urged anyone who had not yet contacted police to get in touch.

Police taped off a large section of local roads from the top of New Cross Street to an alleyway halfway down Barff Road.

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Part of Glendore was also cordoned off with police tape.

At the scene neighbours were reluctant to speak but one said: “All we heard was that there was a fight happening in the street on Barff Road this morning.”

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Crime Scene Investigators taped off a silver Vauxhall Zafira on Barff Road and were preparing to sweep the vehicle for fingerprints.

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of causing Grievous Bodily Harm (section 18 assault).

He remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Ben Hart from GMP’s Salford division said: “This was a very violent attack that took place in the early hours of this morning and has left two people critically injured in hospital.

“We are working today to try and obtain accounts from the victims in this case, but we are aware that this attack was witnessed by a large amount of people.

“If you have not already spoken to police, I would ask you to please get in touch with us and tell us what you know or saw.

“This is clearly a very serious incident. We do not believe at this stage that it was a random attack, but a full investigation is ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of what took place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Pendleton police station on 0161 856 5360. Alternatively, information can be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Additional reporting by Tony Flynn

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