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Walkden motorist 'knocked out' man over slow down gesture

Peter Stringer Image copyright Gmp
Image caption Police said Peter Stringer's injuries "would have been more severe had he not fallen onto a grass verge"

A 71-year-old man was knocked out by a driver in Salford after he gestured at a car to slow down, police have said.

Peter Stringer was walking his mother-in-law's dogs on Old Clough Lane, Walkden on Sunday when he waved at a black Mercedes.

A police spokesman said the car was reversed towards Mr Stringer before the driver got out and hit him, breaking his jaw and leaving him unconscious.

Det Con Paul Davies said Mr Stringer had been left "understandably shaken".

"I believe the injuries would have been more severe had he not fallen onto a grass verge," he said.

He said the attack was "cowardly" and the man had "thought nothing of fleeing the scene and did not even call an ambulance".

The driver is described as Asian, aged around 30, and of average height with an athletic build.

Police said he had a sallow complexion, short black hair with a beard and was wearing smart casual clothing.

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