A deaf and vulnerable 45-year-old man was repeatedly punched in Bury for a wallet containing just £40.
Police are still searching for the “coward” who attacked the man from behind.
The incident occurred on Market Street whilst he was walking to the Bus Interchange between 6pm and 6.25pm on Monday January 14.
PC Kim Hawksworth said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable member of our community.
“The offender should be ashamed of himself for putting the victim through such an ordeal for such a paltry amount of money.”
The victim was hit several times in the back of the head and punched again as he tried to escape before his wallet was snatched and his attacker ran off towards Princess Parade.
The man made off with the black leather wallet containing cash and a bank card.
He is described as white, of a thin build, about 40-years-old and wearing a black coat and checked flat cap style hat.
PC Hawksworth added: “If you think you recognise who the offender might be from the description we have issued then please come forward with what you know.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8133 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Picture courtesy of Nicholas Smale, with thanks.