A COWARDLY thug is being hunted after mugging a nine-year-old boy for his Christmas present scooter.
Police today branded the adult robber, who barged the youngster and a pal out of the way to snatch the gift, “truly callous.”
And they have appealed for information that will catch the thief who struck at Montrose Park, Pemberton, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday January 3.
The boy had been given the scooter - a purple-coloured Madd MGP Team Edition model - as a Christmas present by his parent.
He was riding it at the park near to Hodder Close with his friend when they were approached by a man who was riding a grey and white mountain bike.
He demanded the scooter and then pushed the young boy and his friend out of the way, snatched it and put it over his shoulder.
He then cycled off towards the Marsh Green estate.
He is described as being white, in his 20s and about 6ft tall, of stocky build, with pale skin and green eyes.
He was wearing a black-peaked balaclava-type hood similar to a fishing hat, black gloves and a waterproof Helly Hanson jacket with the initials HH on the front and back.
He was also wearing plain tracksuit bottoms and carrying a draw-string carrier bag.
PC Lynsey Watson, of the Volume Crime Team at Wigan, said: “To steal a scooter from a nine-year-old boy is a truly callous thing to do.
“To make things even worse, this was a Christmas present the boy’s family had saved up to buy, so to have it so cruelly snatched away from him so soon after Christmas means both the young boy and his family are extremely upset.
“We need to both reunite this young boy with his scooter and also bring the thief to justice so I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
“If you think you recognise the man fitting this description then we really need to hear from you as what you know could help bring a smile back to this young boy’s face.
“The scooter this thief stole is very distinctive and we have issued a picture of it, so if you see someone on this scooter then please, do the right thing, call police immediately and we can give this little boy his Christmas present back.”
Anyone with information should call the Volume Crime Team at Wigan on 0161 856 5308 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.