Pair attacked by meat cleaver-wielding carjackers

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Pair attacked by meat cleaver-wielding carjackers

A driver of a VW Polo and his passenger were dragged from their car and threatened with a meat cleaver by a pair of carjacking thugs in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Police officers said the violent duo threw a bottle at the moving car - forcing the driver to stop - before swinging the meat cleaver that narrowly missed seriously injuring the 19-year-old driver, smashing a side window with a brick, dragging the passenger onto the street and speeding off.
> The Polo was then abandoned and both men were seen running along Tonge Moor Road.

Greater Manchester Police has released a description of the two men which is as follows: One man is described as being dark skinned, 6ft tall, well built, in his late teens or early 20s and had short light brown hair. He wore a grey hooded top and dark-coloured jeans. The other was slim and was wearing a white shirt and dark-coloured jumper.

Detective Constable Dave Harris based at Astley Bridge Police Station said: "The offenders showed extreme aggression towards their victims and they are lucky they did not suffer more serious injuries.

Pair attacked by meat cleaver-wielding carjackers

"Understandably, both have been left shaken after this attack.

"We believe this was a random attack and I would ask members of the community to be vigilant.

"We are unsure why the Polo was abandoned a short time later and we are asking for witnesses to come forward.

"The two images we have are very clear and I believe that someone within the local community will recognise them.

"If you do, we are keen to speak to you."

Anyone with information on the attack, which took place on Thursday, March 28 at 11.45pm should phone police on 0161 856 5749 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.