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Violent robbery on 73-year-old man
Tuesday 9th March, 2010

A pensioner was left lying unconscious with a broken nose by two robbers in Winstanley.

The attack on the 73-year-old man took place shortly after 12am on Sunday 7 March 2010, as the victim was walking home from the Poacher public house along Cambrian Crescent.

Two offenders approached the man and one of them asked him for a cigarette. The victim refused and was then punched in the midriff, causing him to fall to the ground.

One of the attackers then hit the man in the face with an unknown object, breaking his nose and knocking him unconscious.

The man woke up a short time later with his broken glasses in front of him, and cash stripped from his pockets.

He was taken to hospital where he remained for a day.

The two attackers are described as being white and in their mid-twenties. One was 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and wearing a dark coloured jacket.

The second man was 5ft 6in tall and a wearing a jumper.

Detective Sergeant Gary Ashurst said: "This incident was quite simply an appalling and undeserved experience for the victim.

"We have launched an intensive investigation to trace those responsible and in an effort to give the victim some reassurance and peace of mind, I would urge anyone who could help this inquiry to call us.

"We believe there may have been witnesses to the attack who similarly were leaving the pub at the same time, and may have seen the offenders running away."

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7255 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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