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Man kicked in head during robbery - Wigan
Tuesday 1st June, 2010

A man was kicked in the head while he was pinned defenceless to the floor during a robbery.

It happened at about 0.45am on 24 May 2010.

The man, 29, left his home in the Pemberton area at about midnight and walked to the ESSO garage on Ormskirk Road, where he bought a drink.

The victim then went to a Lloyds TSB bank where he withdrew some cash. He then crossed the road and continued to walk along Ormskirk Road.

When he got to the Coral bookmakers, he heard a man talking behind him and presumed it was someone talking on their mobile phone. However, as the victim continued on his way the man who he had heard talking on his phone grabbed him from behind and pulled him to the floor.

Two other men then appeared and held him down while another kicked him in the face. As he lay defenceless, the man realised one of the gang was trying to rip his wallet from his jeans but was struggling as the man was lying in the foetal position to protect himself.

Eventually, they managed to steal his wallet, personal effects and a Nintendo DS before he was kicked again in the back of the head.

The gang demanded the pin number to his cash card but were scared off when they heard an oncoming car.

Police are now appealing to anyone who witnessed the robbery to come forward.

One of the men is described as white, about 30-years-old, 5ft 9in tall and well built, about 18 stone. Another was said to be white and wearing a white T-shirt.

Police Constable Ann McGuiness said: "This was a totally unprovoked assault on a man who was pinned to the ground and kicked in the head. The level of violence these men resorted to just for a small amount of cash amounts to little more than thuggery and they need to be caught.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward as these men need to be taken off our streets.

"The number of robberies in Greater Manchester continues to fall and GMP is committed to putting these sorts of criminals behind bars because of the grief they cause decent, law-abiding members of our communities.

"In order to give this young man some peace of mind, we need to catch his attackers so I would appeal to anyone who can help us put them in prison to call us."

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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