Three arrested in dawn raids on suspicion of attempted murder after machete attack

Date published: 08 October 2021

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young man was attacked with machetes earlier this week.

Six warrants were executed across Rochdale during the early hours of Thursday (7 October) which saw the three men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group. They all remain in custody for questioning.

A vehicle, weapons, drugs and cash have also been recovered from the addresses.

The warrants form part of an investigation into a serious assault in Rochdale earlier this week after a collision on Shawclough Road.

At around 9.45pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021, police received a report of a collision between a Volkswagen Golf and another vehicle on Shawclough Road, Rochdale.

Emergency services attended and enquiries established a 21-year-old man had also been seriously assaulted by a group of males with machetes following the collision.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Enquiries remain ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector, Tony Platten, of GMPs Rochdale District, said: "This was an incredibly violent assault that has left a man with serious injuries in hospital. We have launched a full investigation into this incident and detectives have been working at pace to ensure all available lines of enquiry are pursued and potential offenders identified.

"As a result of this we have been able to execute six warrants this morning, leading to three being arrested and taken to custody for questioning. I would stress that our investigation is very much continuing at pace and urge anyone who may have information or footage, including dash cam footage, to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8067 or 101 quoting incident 2938 of 05/10/21.

Alternatively, details can be passed via the LiveChat function at or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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