Man hacked with machete on doorstep in front of horrified onlookers

A man was attacked with a machete while he stood at the front door of a house in an appalling attack last night.

Emergency services rushed to the incident at Lord Street, in Southport, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

The incident happened in front of horrified onlookers as they watched the attack unfold.

The victim, a man aged in his 50s, was taken to hospital via a bystander.

He had suffered cuts to his hand and arm following the attack, writes Liverpool Echo.

The road was closed off by police and officers cordoned off areas while they launched an investigation into the incident.

In a statement, a spokesperson for  Merseyside Police  said: "Officers in Southport are investigating after a man was reportedly wounded this afternoon, (Wednesday, January 13).

"At around 5.10pm, officers were called to Lord Street to reports of a man in his 50s being assaulted and then presenting at hospital with wounds to his arm and hand, initially believed to be from a machete type weapon.

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"Officers remain in the area to carry out CCTV, forensic and witness enquiries and establish the circumstances."

Chief Inspector Simon Owen said: “We’re keen to speak to anyone who saw this incident or has heard any information since.

"At this stage it is unclear exactly what happened but believe the victim was attacked at the door of a home near to the junction of Lord Street and Bold Street, before being brought into hospital.

“We hope to speak to him soon but in the meantime, please provide any CCTV, dashcam or other information and we will take action.”

Photos from the scene show police vans parked on the road, with scientific support dispatched to the incident as well.

You can contact us via @MerPolCC on Twitter, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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