Deaf man stabbed by teens who 'mocked his disability' lost two pints of blood in 'shocking' Manchester attack

Peter Houghton, 46, was “chatting” with pal Nic­h­olas Roche — who is also deaf — when two thugs, thought to be as young as 14, approached.

Nicholas, 43, was punched, while Peter lost 2½ pints of blood and was placed in intensive care. He’s now recovering.

Pal Jonathan Goodwin said both were shaken by the incident. Nicholas had previously reported anti-social behaviour to his housing association in Swinton, Manchester.

Jonathan said: “They tried explaining they are deaf, but the youths took the mickey and attacked.

“One then turned away then stabbed Peter, at least twice in the chest.

“Nicholas had been punched, but still tried to stem the bleeding by putting his hand on Peter’s chest. Peter was initially in a bad way. He is out of danger now, but it could have been so much worse.”

He added: “Nicholas says he has had trouble in the past, which he has raised with his housing association.

“He has asked them for help after the windows of his house were broken and his car tyres were slashed.

“He has had people taking the mickey and giving him ‘V’ signs. He has had three years of grief.

“He has recently got a job which he had wanted for ages and was buzzing, now this has left him distraught.”

PC James Wakeley said: “This was a shocking, unprovoked attack.

“They tried to calm the situation by explaining as best they could that they were deaf, but were met with violence."

One of the attackers was around 5ft 6, white, of thin build and between 14 and 17-years-old.

The teenager — wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit — was holding a kitchen knife, which was around a foot long and had a pink handle.

The second boy was around 5ft tall, white, of thin build, with short black hair.

He was wearing a grey sports jumper, tracksuit bottoms and was also between 14 and 17-years-old.

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