A pensioner is recovering in hospital after being savagely mugged for just 10p by three men in Manchester.
The 69-year-old man, who is too scared to be identified, was attacked on Milltown Street, Radcliffe, at around 10.30am on October 29 and was left with horrific bruising on his arms and face – he hid the injuries from his family for several days.
The elderly man had walked to a cornershop to buy a newspaper when three men on BMXs approached him, demanded money, rummaged through his pockets and punched and kicked him after taking just 10p.
Detective Constable Danny Whitaker, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “This man is very poorly in hospital.
“That is why his family have agreed to release pictures of the very severe bruising he sustained to his arms, and also his face, which shows the sheer ferocity with which this man was attacked.
“I would therefore appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack, or who has information, to come forward.
“This man was simply minding his own business. He was on his way back home to read his newspaper with just 10p in his pocket and was needlessly set upon by his attackers.”
CRUEL ATTACK: Muggers leave elderly man too scared to open up to family
After a member of his family saw the injuries they contacted police and the victim then went to hospital for treatment to his injuries, and remains in hospital in a serious condition.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
“It is a totally senseless crime and I would therefore urge anyone who has any information to search their conscience and if they do know something, they should call us,” Detective Constable Whitaker added.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.