Manchester: Police cordon Victoria Station after incident
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Andy Garside was walking Lilo, the family’s French Bulldog, when two knife-wielding men targeted him in order to snatch his pooch. Mr Garside noticed the pair following him on Tuesday evening as he walked through Tameside, Manchester. Stacey, Mr Garside’s wife, told the Manchester Evening News: “He didn’t think anything of it at first – people were out and about.
“But as he went around he could see they were waiting for him. They came up to him and one of the lads was saying ‘that’s a sick dog that – can we pick it up?’
Mr Garside reportedly politely declined their request, but one of the men tried to pick Lilo up anyway.
Things then quickly escalated, as Mr Garside was punched in the face repeatedly and wounded in the stomach by what he believes was a Stanley knife.
Stacey added that they “scuffled for a bit” before the pair decided to flee when one of them said “just leave it now”.
She said: “I think they targeted him thinking it was going to be an easy steal to take a high-value dog.
“They didn’t expect him to fight them off.”
The father-of-three previously had his leg amputated after a number of surgeries failed to deal with tendon damage there.
After being attacked and left bleeding heavily, Mr Garside knocked on a nearby door seeking help and then returned home to call the police.
He went to A&E where it was revealed he had been left with a broken nose (which he will need surgery for), as well as wounds to his stomach and arms.
The family said Lilo has been left “traumatised’ by the horrifying ordeal.
Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that the attack is under investigation.
A spokesperson said: “Police were called to Cheriton Close in Hyde just before 6pm on Tuesday (June 8) to reports a 39 year old man had been assaulted while walking his dog.
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“The man reported being approached by two men who were wielding a knife.
“They assaulted him and attempted to take the dog. The man suffered injuries to his face, arms and body.
“Inquiries are ongoing, and officers are keen to speak to anyone who may witnessed anything.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via LiveChat on the force’s website or call 101, quoting incident number 2259 of June 8, 2021.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555 111.
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