A man was attacked with a weapon while ‘trying to stop thieves’ outside Sainsbury’s in Bolton.

The incident happened on Lee Lane in Horwich just after 9.30pm on Saturday (April 10).

Police say a 26-year-old man was assaulted with a weapon before running into the store with a head injury.

Witnesses claim he had tried to stop the gang stealing items from the shop.

Paramedics were called but his injuries were not believed to be serious.

The group fled the scene.

Cllr Stewart Burke, who witnessed the incident, said last night: “A gentleman has been attacked by a gang this evening at Sainsbury’s.

“He tried to stop some of them from pinching some items.

“The staff in the shop have witnessed this and are understandably shaken."

An investigation has been launched and anyone with any information is asked to contact police using the non-emergency number 101.

A spokesman for GMP said: “Officers were called just after 9.30pm last night (10 April 2021) to a report of an assault outside Sainsbury's on Lee Lane in Horwich, Bolton.

“A 26-year-old man was assaulted with a weapon by a group of youths before he ran into the store with a head injury which is not thought to be serious.

“Colleagues from North West Ambulance Service also attended.

“The group made off from the scene.”

Enquiries are on-going and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 2941 of 10/04/2021.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.