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Major investigation launched after three stabbed in 24 hours

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

Officers from Salford arenow 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 tookplace 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 acrossthe male on Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Salford shortly after 7.15pm andwere able to administer first aid at the scene.

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

The attack follows an incidenton 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 laterthat 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 just24 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 shortspace of time, and that is why divisional officers based in Salford arenow 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 utmostseriousness 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 answersto these stabbings lie in the community and that is why I am appealingto 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 reassureresidents and to allow them to approach an officer if they have information.

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

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

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