Officers are urging people to come forward with information after a man was forcibly taken from near to his home in Fallowfield last night.
At around 10pm last night (Tuesday 18 December 2018) police were called to Elsmore Road to reports that a man had been forced into a car.
An eyewitness reported that four masked men in a light-coloured vehicle – believed to be a Volkswagen Golf – had approached a man, who had been stood alone on the street, and forced him into the car before driving off.
A short time later, on Maine Road in Moss Side, enquiries have revealed that the victim was removed from the first car, seriously assaulted in the street and then forced into a second car – described as witnesses as being a Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Passat.
At 12.30am this morning (Wednesday 19 December), a man in his 30's was discovered with serious injuries on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton. He was taken to hospital where he remains for treatment.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
Police Superintendent Dave Pester of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said:
“While this set of circumstances is extremely alarming, our team of specialist detectives have been working round the clock since last night to progress our investigation to understand who is responsible and why the victim was subjected to such an ordeal.
“This was not a random attack. This was well thought out and planned with a clear intent to harm this man.
“Due to the nature of the offence, you may see some officers in the areas mentioned as we gather as much evidence as we possibly can but I need to stress, this is not because we believe there is any wider threat.
“The man is where he needs to be in hospital and we are confident there are no other people at harm but whatever you saw last night, whatever you’ve heard today, it may be crucial in us finding the frankly cruel and vicious people responsible so please, get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4995 quoting reference number 2167 of 18/12/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.