Since 2008, more than 75 bodies have been uncovered in the canals in the city and stories of a dangerous serial killer on the loose are more prevalent than before.
A cyclist in Manchester has spoken about how he was pushed into a canal in the night in a case that could be allegedly linked to the myth of the 'Manchester Pusher'. The mysterious serial killer has become an urban legend of sorts after scores of bodies were found in the city's waterways.
The authorities have said that the 34-year-old father-of-two, who is an office worker, went to them with the incident on April 10 night saying that the "psychopath" attacker did not even bother robbing him and ran away after pushing him.
Detectives, on the other hand, have said that this man's case and the many bodies that were found in the canal were completely unrelated.
It has been reported that the man who was attacked almost drowned in the canal after his legs got tangled in his own bike. The incident took place at the Bridgewater Canal towpath which is near Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.
I was sceptical of the Manchester pusher stories, but the evidence to the contrary seems to be growing pic.twitter.com/aaeqmBlCAK— Prof. Chris Ashford (@lawandsexuality) April 15, 2018
The Sunday Times reported that the authorities have not connected this incident to any of the other canal deaths in the city but the publication has also described the recent crime as "the first evidence of a "Manchester Pusher".
It has been reported that there have been at least 76 bodies found in the city's canals since 2007. 17 of these deaths have been classified as "unexplained".
The victim from the recent attack has told Mirror: "I asked the police about the ‘Manchester Pusher’ legend and they were well aware of the stories. I definitely feel like I’m lucky to be alive."
Reports have said that the man's wife had told others on a community page on Facebook that there was a "canal pusher" on the loose.
Today I received this and I have to say I am skeptical on her claims as she states "The police told her the description fits the pusher" The pusher who the #police deny exists. #Thepusher #Manchester #Canal pic.twitter.com/BqEceEElLQ— Gary Jay (@GaryJayuk) April 11, 2018
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