An urgent appeal to find a ‘dangerous individual with a propensity for violence’ who stabbed a 17-year-old boy in Clayton is being launched by Greater Manchester Police.
The teenage boy was stabbed in his back during the knife attack, and was treated in hospital for his injuries.
His friend was robbed of his mobile phone in the same incident, which happened on Iredine Street at around 5.45pm on Halloween after the boy and two friends were confronted by two men who followed them from Ashton New Road.
Police have released an e-fit of the offender, who fled the scene after the attack, and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.
Detective Constable Louise Kelly said: “This senseless and violent attack happened on Halloween and unfortunately the teenager and his friends will remember this night for all the wrong reasons.
“In some senses the victim is lucky because any time a knife is used, it has the potential to cause serious, and in some cases, fatal injuries but thankfully this young man will make a full recovery.
“However, in no way should that diminish the gravity of this offence. We are looking for a dangerous individual with a propensity for violence and who has no qualms about stabbing someone all for a mobile phone.
“One of the victims has been brave enough to help our forensic imaging specialists compile an efit of the main offender, so I would ask people in the Clayton community to look very carefully at the image and if you recognise this person, please call us.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.