A man was taken to hospital after he was attacked by violent thugs in a reported carjacking attempt in Prestwich.
The shocking incident, which was captured on nearby CCTV, happened shortly before 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon (February 10).
In the footage, a blue BMW 4 series can be seen pulling into a driveway at a home on Belfield Road, near Craigwell Road.
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Shortly after, two masked men are seen running out of a silver car and attacking the man as he gets out of his vehicle.
He is knocked to the ground within a matter of seconds.
Moments later, a neighbor is seen running to help, along with a dog to try and scare the thugs away.
The BMW’s lights are briefly seen turning on, before the masked men jump back in their car and speed away from the scene.
Police were called to the shortly after and a small cordon was erected.
Forensics were also present and making inquiries until around 7.30pm.
The man was taken to hospital with ‘minor head injuries’, police said, and no arrests have been made yet.
Heroic neighbors described the incident as ‘traumatic and scary’.
One person, who asked not to be named, saw the order from their window and rushed out to help.
They caught the shocking incident on cameras.
“I was in my kitchen and saw him pull in his drive at the same time he does every day,” they said.
“Seconds later I just heard him screaming for help at the top of his voice and ran to get my husband and the dog. I saw the men trying to get into the car.
“The car has a ghost immobilizer so they couldn’t get it started, and they kept screaming and shouting at him as he lay on the floor.
“As I ran out, they were shouting at us telling us to back off. I was so scared and it was traumatic.
“My children were petrified inside at what was going on. These men could’ve had knives, a gun or anything to hurt us.
“We just had to try to help otherwise the outcome could have been much worse.
“As I looked down the driveway when they had gone, he was on the floor covered in blood and there was blood coming from his head.
“I am so shaken up. This is happening more and more.
“People have tried to steal our cars so many times and have even just walked into our porch when the door was open.”
People living in the area said attempted carjackings are becoming increasingly common, followed by burglaries.
It comes after the MEN reported that residents in nearby Broughton Park said they have faced ‘a real fear’ after a number of incidents which have taken place in recent months.
Now, Greater Manchester Police has launched a dedicated operation to tackle the rise in carjackings seen locally.
One nearby resident said: “The police are being called here more and more often. Not a day goes by where someone’s house isn’t broken into or someone’s car isn’t stolen.
“It has definitely increased recently. I have lived here for more than 20 years and it never used to be like this.
“It is such a friendly and close community and we are just being targeted. It makes you feel unsafe in your own home.”
Another told the Manchester Evening News that people living in the area had started an online community watch group in relation to the worrying incidents.
They added: “I don’t know what is going on, we just keep hearing about people’s homes being broken into. It is starting to feel very unsafe.
“I have a family and young children so it is really worrying.
“Today I had just got home when I saw the commotion. I sat with the man until the ambulance came.”
Councilor for Kersal and Broughton Park, Coun Andrew Walters said: “It needs to be dealt with, it’s no longer a bit of petty crime.
“It’s happening in broad daylight. We need to find a solution because it’s become a major issue.”
In a statement, a GMP spokesperson said: “Police were called around 3.25pm yesterday (10 February) to report an assault on Craigwell Road, Prestwich.
“Emergency services attended and inquiries established two masked males had approached a man and assaulted him and attempted to steal his car.
“The men were unsuccessful and subsequently fled the scene.
“The man sustained minor head injuries and was taken to hospital.
“Inquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8948, 101 or LiveChat at www.gmp.police.uk quoting incident 1786 of 10/01/22.
Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.