CCTV: Hunt for robbers who left victims unconscious in brutal Greater Manchester street attacks

By Danielle Wainwright

CCTV footage of two individuals wanted in connection with a series of violent street robberies in Greater Manchester last month has been released by police

The male and female couple – who police are keen to talk to – are seen walking behind a 20-year-old man on Dickenson Road, Fallowfield at about 2.30am on Saturday February 23.

The young man was later robbed of his wallet and phone and was found by a passer-by outside the Manchester High School for Girls suffering from a fractured jaw and eye socket.

With the victim having little recollection of the incident, Detective Sergeant John Robb urged people with any knowledge to come forward.

Detective Sergeant John Robb said: “The CCTV images we have released are pretty clear and we believe someone will know who these people are.  

“I would ask anyone who does recognize the people in the images to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Police are also keen to talk to a passer-by who flagged down a motorist to call emergency services but left before they arrived.

The woman is described as having a foreign accent, possibly Dutch or German, and was wearing a beige coat.

An 18-year-old man was also attacked the same night on Denison Road, Victoria Park and police believe there is a connection between the two robberies.

The man was walking home from a party when he was attacked from behind and found injured on the ground with serious facial injuries and his mobile phone and wallet missing.

Earlier in the week, two similar incidents occurred in Moss Side when a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were attacked.

The 21-year-old man was walking along Great Western Street and does not recall what happened to him but instead woke up on the ground with serious facial injuries with his phone and wallet missing.

At 5.45am on Sunday February 17, the 19-year-old man was walking home on Denmark Road, when he was hit across the back of the head and had his wallet and phone stolen.

Detective Sergeant Robb condemned the unprovoked attack on the individuals.

“These young men have been attacked from behind with brute force and all have suffered extremely nasty facial injuries,” he said.

“They have all been targeted as they walked home alone having been out drinking, they have had no chance to react and have been dealt heavy blows that have rendered them unconscious.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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