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23 March 2018, 12:34 | Updated: 23 March 2018, 13:08
There's been another serious attack at a tram stop in Oldham.
At 7.30pm yesterday evening, Thursday 22 March, police were called to Derker Metrolink Stop on Cromford Street to reports that a man had been attacked.
The man, in his 40s, had just got into a white Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked in the car park, after arriving on a tram from Manchester.
He was dragged out the car by a group of people who then attacked him with a hammer and drove off in the Corsa, in tandem with two other vehicles.
He suffered serious head injuries and remains in hospital awaiting surgery.
The other vehicles were a blue Fiat Panda, which was reported stolen following a robbery in a supermarket car park on 18th March, and a Ford Fiesta.
All three vehicles have since been recovered by officers on Langham Road, Chadderton and enquiries are ongoing.
Officers want to speak to seven people in connection with the attack who are described as male, Asian, aged between late teens and early 20s, dressed in all black clothing, possibly tracksuits.
Detectives are not treating it as linked to any other incidents but are keeping an open mind about the full circumstances.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Faulkner of GMP’s Oldham Borough, said: “Fortunately, we’ve been able to recover the three vehicles so officers from our forensic teams will be working quickly to gather as much evidence as possible from them but we need any witnesses to contact us urgently.
“As there were a number of cars in the area, I’m sure that someone must have dashcam footage or have seen something that would help us with our investigation.
“I cannot stress the importance of contacting us with information that could prove vital in catching the people that are responsible for leaving a man with severe head injuries so please, make sure you make that call.
“We are putting additional resources into the area over the coming days and I would urge people to speak to those officers about any concerns or with details of anything they have seen”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8538 quoting reference number 1863 of 22/03/18 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.