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Man fighting for his life following Ashton-under-Lyne car theft and collision

A man is fighting for his life after thieves stole his car and struck him on the street in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Shortly after 7.20am this morning (Friday 15 February 2019), police were called to reports of a serious collision on Nook Lane.

Emergency services attended and a 63-year-old man was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

The victim saw his car – a red Citroen C1, registration number MV18 OSB – being driven away on Rushmere. He tried to run after his car before it struck him on Nook Lane.

The offenders failed to stop and fled the scene, leaving the victim lay in the road.

A short time later, a red Citroen C1 – believed to be the car that was involved in this incident – was located by officers on Parry Walk off Diamond Street and a scene remains in police while investigative work is carried out.

Several roads remain closed including St Christopher’s Road, Nook Lane and Hampson Place.

Specialist officers are in attendance and are continuing to conduct an area search to locate the offenders.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle, said: “This was a shocking and horrific incident that has left an innocent man fighting for his life and we have specially trained officers supporting his family at this incredibly difficult time.

“Whilst we have recovered a car that we believe to be the Citroen involved, I want to continue to ask for the public’s support as we are determined to find those responsible and even the smallest piece of information could really help us.

“I am sure the community will also be appalled and distressed by what’s happened this morning and I would urge anyone that saw anything suspicious or anyone with any information or dash-cam footage to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9289 or 101 quoting incident number 363 of 15/02/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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