Cyclist “fights for life” after being run over and attacked with weapon



A cyclist has fought for his life after being shot and attacked with a gun in Greater Manchester, police say.

Detectives requested information after the man was seriously injured in the incident – believed to be a “targeted” attack – in Rochdale on Friday morning.

The cyclist, who is in his 30s, was involved in a road collision and also suffered facial injuries consistent with an armed attack.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it was not yet clear whether the man was attacked with a weapon before or after being struck by the car.

The force said a motive was not clear at this point.

Police were called shortly before 6:50 a.m. Friday to report a non-stop collision in Middleton, a town in the Rochdale borough.

The incident allegedly involved a blue Toyota Yaris and a cyclist, police said. The car then left the scene of Bowness Road.

The cyclist was found seriously injured – including facial injuries consistent with a gun attack – and taken to hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Friday, police said.

Greater Manchester Police Detective Nicola Hopkinson said the man was “fighting for his life” in hospital.

“It is not known at this time what the motive for this attack was – and we are working to establish it – or whether the victim was attacked before or after this collision,” she said.

“What we do know is that the driver of a blue Toyota Yaris in the area was not on the scene and we want to know who they are.”

GMP called on members of the public to get in touch if they could have witnessed the incident or a blue Toyota Yaris with the license plate GK52 EZT traveling on the M60 and southbound on the M6 ​​on Friday morning .

People who live in the area have also been urged to check the images from the dash cam or doorbell.

Anyone with information should call Rochdale CID on 0161 856 8719 citing incident 455 of December 10. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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