Feb 7 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
THIS is the man wanted by police over a violent knife and hammer attack on a woman.
Gareth Hocking – who is disabled and uses a wheelchair – is wanted in connection with the alleged assault on his ex-partner.
Officers said the 36-year- old can be “extremely violent” and have advised members of the public not to approach him, but to report any sightings or information to them instead.
Hocking attacked the 35-year-old Rochdale woman, who was living with him at the time, in Scarisbrick, after a drink-and-drug-fuelled argument on Sunday, December 30, according to Lancashire police.
Officers said he attacked her with a knife and hammer, but she managed to escape serious injury due to the fact he is disabled and wheelchair-bound, instead suffering a cut to her lower leg.
The victim reported Hocking to police officers, but he has since failed to attend the police station several times, and has now moved from his last-known address, on Jacksmere Lane, in Scarisbrick.
Police believe he has now moved to live somewhere in the Southport area.
PC Sean Dalby, from Lancashire police, said: “Hocking, although wheelchair- bound, can be extremely violent and I ask members of the public not to approach him direct but to phone CrimeStoppers or Lancashire Constabulary direct to report his whereabouts.
“Luckily, his victim escaped with minor injuries but this could easily have been far worse, especially with Hocking using weapons to attack his ex-partner.”
Anyone with information that could help police officers in their bid to trace Hocking should call 101, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.