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Can you identify these two people involved in tram knife attack
Tuesday 11th October 2016 @ 18:07 by Nigel P.

The footage shows a short black man and a white woman retreating from the workman dressed in a high visibility jacket just after the man believed to be the assailant, stabbed the workman in the neck on a Metrolink tram in Beswick.

The pair are seen continuing to argue with the victim who confronted them, when he intervened in an argument between other passengers.

The wound just missed the carotid artery in the victim’s neck but despite the wound, the woman appears to continue to harangue and taunt the victim

The tram came to a halt at the Velopark in Beswick a short time later and the alleged offender and his partner ran off.

The victim was left with serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged to continue his recovery at home. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The offender is described as black, between 35 and 45-years-old, stocky build, around 5ft 4in tall with a shaven head.

Detective Sergeant Darren Wales, from GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “Quite frankly this man is very lucky that he was not left with life threatening injuries as a result of this unprovoked attack.

“Had the knife cut an artery or gone deeper into his neck then I dread to think what could have happened which I think makes this incident all the more shocking, especially given it occurred on a tram.

“It is not quite clear why the offender lashed out at his victim in such a vicious manner but what we do know is that there were a number of people who witnessed the incident and may hold key information.

“We are keen to speak the man and woman in the footage as well as anybody else with information and I would urge anybody who thinks they can help to contact police immediately.”

TfGM’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “Clearly this was an extremely upsetting incident and I wish the injured man a speedy recovery.

“Nobody expects to be a victim of, or witness, such a violent attack while using public transport and we will do whatever is required to ensure the offender is identified and brought to justice.

“All our trams and stops are fitted with CCTV, which has been used to great effect in the past to bring offenders to justice. Those intent on committing offences on Metrolink should be warned that there is no place to hide.

“If anyone has any information about the incident or person responsible please get in touch with the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 1146 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.