Man critically ill after stabbing in Middleton

Date published: 15 October 2016

A man is critically ill and fighting for his life after being stabbed outside the Friendship Inn pub in Middleton shortly after 11.30pm on Friday (14 October 2016).

Police were called to Cheapside to reports of a mass brawl involving men and women outside the pub.

On arrival officers found a 27-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A 23 year-old man also suffered a minor injury to his hand.

Officers have since been carrying out door-to-door enquiries and are keen to speak to a man who left the scene before police arrived.

He is described as around 21, white, of medium build and was believed to have been wearing a grey t-shirt and shorts.

Inspector Caroline Ward, from GMP’s Rochdale borough, said: “We are still trying to understand exactly what happened and why this man was attacked in such a brutal way.

“From enquiries already carried out, this appears to be an isolated incident and I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything we can to find the person responsible.

“If you saw anything, or have any information to do with this incident then please call us. If you recognise the description of the man we want to speak then please also contact us immediately.”

Information can be passed on by contacting police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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