Driver, 59, stabbed repeatedly by carjackers as they demanded keys to his Mercedes outside his homeVictim left seriously injured by thieves who failed to steal Mercedes C220Onlookers thought men were play-fighting and saw 'rolling around' on lawnNeighbour's doorstep left soaked in blood after victim went for help
13:50 GMT, 18 February 2013
18:07 GMT, 18 February 2013
A driver was left seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times in a frenzied attack by would-be carjackers wanting his Mercedes.
The victim, 59, had just tidied his semi detached home he was selling when he was ambushed on the driveway by two men who demanded the keys to the vehicle.
Shocked neighbours in the quiet street in Hindley, near Wigan, Greater Manchester, initially thought the man's two attackers were just 'play-fighting' with him.
The man was targeted outside his home in Worcester Avenue in Hindley, Wigan, where his Mercedes was parked
The stabbed man rang his neighbour's doorbell for help (left) after his attackers fled down a nearby alley (right)
But he was left covered in blood and
fighting for his life after being stabbed over and over as the pair
tried to steal his Mercedes C220.
It is understood that before the
attack he had been inside collecting post, tidying up and doing jobs in the garden.
The semi-detached home where an
elderly couple used to live is currently on the market for 94,950 with
local estate agents Red Rose Estates.
The unnamed victim managed to stagger
to a neighbour's home and she was able to raise the alarm. He is now in a
'very serious' condition in hospital.
Today there were still pools of blood at the scene, as well as at the neighbour's home.
The incident happened in broad daylight at 9.55am on Sunday and residents were out on the street enjoying the mild weather.
Neighbour Elizabeth Meadows, 68, said: 'He came to my door and was covered in blood. He was a mess, a dreadful
sight. I just called for an ambulance. I didn't see the men that did
Police are now hunting the two attackers who fled the scene empty handed on foot down an alleyway.
Dog walker Susan Almond, 62, said: 'It was so unexpected that I didn't even think it was real.
The blood-spattered doorstep of a neighbour on Worcester Avenue where the stabbed man went for help
The incident happened on Worcester Avenue and it is believed the attackers fled down an alley Smithwood Avenue in Hindley, Wigan
'The men were rolling around on the
garden. My husband went inside but I kept watching. One of the men was
bent over. I thought one of the others was play punching him in the
stomach but obviously it was a lot worse than that.'
Police said the 59-year-old was walking out the front door of the property before he was attacked.
They said he was approached by two men
who immediately stabbed him multiple times and demanded the keys to his
white C220 Mercedes.
The victim has been taken to hospital
where he is receiving treatment for stab wounds and his condition is
described as very serious, but not life threatening.
The two men are described as white,
one was wearing a pale pink or red top with his face covered and the other
wore a pale blue top with stripes down the sleeves.
Detective Inspector Graham Atherton
from Wigan CID, said: 'This was a horrendous attack on a defenceless man
which has left him fighting for his life in hospital.
'These two men approached him on the
doorstep and before they demanded his car keys they stabbed him multiple
times and left him for dead.
'I am sure local residents will be
shocked and angered by what has happened, but I want to try to reassure
them that we have a team of experienced detectives working on the
investigation and determined to find the men responsible.
'I would urge anyone who may have
witnessed the attack or saw men matching these descriptions in the area
to contact me as soon as possible, you information could be vital to our