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Major investigation launched after three Salford stabbings in just 24 hours

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Police are appealing for the public’s help following the third stabbing of a man in Salford in just 24 hours.

Officers from Salford are now working with trained detectives from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team after a third man was attacked, this time with a machete, on Saturday night.

This third incident took place at about 7.15pm on Saturday 22 March 2015 on Agecroft Road, Salford.

The 29-year-old man was attacked with what is believed to be a machete and suffered numerous wounds to his torso and neck.

A police patrol came across the male on Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Salford shortly after 7.15pm and were able to administer first aid at the scene.

He remains in hospital in a serious condition having sustained a number of deep lacerations, one of which narrowly missed an artery in his neck.

The attack follows an incident on Robert Hall Street in Ordsall on 20 March 2015 during which a man was stabbing in the leg, and a stabbing that took place on Edward Street later that evening during which a man suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck, back and chest.

Police are now investigating whether the incidents are linked and are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker said: “This is the third attack in the space of just 24 hours in which weapons – either machetes or knives – have been used.

“As a result, three people have suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital for treatment.

“It is clearly of concern that so many attacks using weapons have been carried out in such a short space of time, and that is why divisional officers based in Salford are now working with specially-trained detectives from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team to investigate these very serious incidents and establish any links or connections.

“I hope this reassures the public of Salford that we are treating these incidents with the utmost seriousness and we will be leaving no stone unturned to unearth whether there are any common factors in these incidents and, most importantly, identity the offenders and bring them to justice.

“As always, the answers to these stabbings lie in the community and that is why I am appealing to the public of Salford to help us. We all know the tragic consequences of knife crime and it is fortunate that at this stage none of the three men attacked have lost their lives.

“There will be extra, high-visibility patrols in the area over the coming days both to reassure residents and to allow them to approach an officer if they have information.

“We need to get to the root of what is happening and the best way to do this is to reach out to the community who can help us identity the offenders and stop people from being attacked. So please, if you do know something, speak to us – in confidence if needed – and help us take these dangerous weapons, and dangerous people, off the streets before someone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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