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Bolton machete gang kidnap takeaway delivery man

A takeaway delivery driver was attacked with a machete and kidnapped by a gang of men in Bolton.

The 51-year-old was reaching into the boot of his car on Gower Street when he was hit over the head by a masked man.

The attacker then pulled out a machete and a struggle ensured, with the victim suffering cuts to his hand.

Police said the man was bundled into his car by two others and driven off, before eventually being released when it became clear he had no cash.

The three men set the car alight after letting the man out on a dirt track near to Cross Guns Pub on Blackburn Road.

Greater Manchester Police described the attack as "planned and calculated" and appealed for information.

Gang violence

Det Insp Stuart Wilkinson said: "We are investigating why this man was targeted and at this stage it would not be appropriate to speculate about motive.

"We do not know why this driver was singled out, but clearly it was a planned and calculated attack.

"The level of violence this gang used means this man is both extremely shaken up and may need surgical treatment to his hands.

"It is obviously a very distressing incident and we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it."

The main offender was described as Asian, about 6ft (1.8m) tall and wearing a black balaclava. He spoke with a Pakistani accent. The other two men were also thought to be Asian.

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