CCTV appeal after man slashed in head with machete on canal towpath in terrifying robbery

Another terrifying knifepoint robbery.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th November 2022

A man in his 40s has been slashed in the head with a machete by two thugs while travelling along a canal towpath.

Greater Manchester Police have released CCTV images and other information as they try to track down the two ‘distinctive men’ behind the armed robbery.

The 44-year-old male victim had his electric bike stolen, which is said to be unique.

He was on the canal footpath near Tesco on Ridgefield Street in Failsworth when the two men set upon him.

The victim suffered ‘significant injury’ to his head caused by a ‘sharp style machete’.


Detective Sergeant Matt Adshead of the Oldham CID said: “The victim thankfully did not suffer life changing injuries from this terrifying ordeal where he was held at knifepoint for his property before having a blow to the head.

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“After our initial investigation we are now asking the for the help of the local community again to see if they witnessed anything at the time of the incident or recognise the two people we would like to speak to in connection with the incident.”

Any information that may help detectives in their investigation from the public are asked to call the Neighbourhood Crime Team at Oldham Police Station on 0161 856 4521 quoting incident 2642 of 20/10/2022.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Featured image: GMP