Greater Manchester Police car responding to an emergency call in central Mancester

A knife-wielding man forced his way into a house in Withington last night injuring an elderly husband and wife.

The couple were sat in their lounge at the property on Thurlwood Avenue when there was a knock at the front door.

They answered the door to an unknown man who demanded money, brandishing an eight-inch kitchen knife with a black handle.

The man forced his way into the house before the couple were able to push him back outside and lock the door.

The woman suffered a cut to her foot and the man suffered cuts to his arms.

The injuries are believed to have been caused during the scuffle and not by the weapon.

The offender is described as white, between 35-40 years old, around 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, unshaven with stubble and was wearing all dark clothing with a dark coloured hood.

Detective Constable Luke Raine of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “This was a terrifying burglary targeting two elderly members of our community.

“Through their remarkable bravery, they have managed to fight off the assailant and he fled empty handed.

“We would urge anyone with information on this to contact police immediately. Perhaps you saw someone matching the description of the offender in the vicinity at the time?

“Even the smallest detail can lead to new lines of enquiry that may help us identify the offender.”


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