Updated: Wednesday, 20th August 2014 @ 11:38am

'Cowardly' mugger leaves Prestwich pensioner with broken ribs after stealing loose change from pocket

'Cowardly' mugger leaves Prestwich pensioner with broken ribs after stealing loose change from pocket

By Dean Wilkins

An 81-year-old Prestwich man is recovering after a ‘cowardly’ attacker stamped on him before stealing a small amount of change.

Alfred McManus was walking through an alleyway on Stanley Avenue North before being struck from behind and having his canvas bag snatched.

The offender demanded money and rummaged through Mr McManus’ pockets to steal some loose change, leaving the pensioner with fractured ribs and severe bruising and in too much distress to describe his brutal mugger.

Detective Constable Ian Smith, from Bury CID, said: “This is a disgusting and cowardly attack on an elderly gentleman who was innocently going about his daily business.

“The injuries he suffered have caused him a lot of pain and upset and I am sure members of the community are shocked and appalled about what has happened.

“The offender ripped the victim’s bag out of his hand with such force that he was left holding just the strap and subjected him to a violent assault when he refused to give him money.

“The alleyway is in a secluded area and unfortunately the victim was in so much distress, he was unable to remember a description of the man so we are relying on information supplied from the public to help us catch this man.

“If you were around the Stanley Avenue North area at the time of the incident and may have seen a man running, carrying a black canvas bag, I would ask you to come forward and aid us in our investigation.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8199 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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