A TEENAGE boy was attacked and had his phone robbed as he walked near to the canal in Wigan.
The incident happened sometime between 6.30pm and 6.45pm on Monday, December 9 as the 16-year-old boy was walking along a footpath at the rear of Redbrook Road in Lower Ince - the footpath leads towards the Leeds Liverpool canal.
He was approached by two men who demanded his phone and wallet.
The boy refused and was thrown to the floor, where the two men kicked him in the face before stealing his phone, wallet and cash from his pockets.
The two men then walked away along the footpath towards Ince Green Lane.
The boy suffered injuries to his nose and face.
The first man is described as white, approximately 6ft tall, medium build and spoke with a Wigan accent. He is believed to be 25-30 years old and was wearing a dark coloured winter coat and a black neck warmer.
The second man is described as white, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall, large build with receding short dark hair. He had facial stubble and is believed to be in his mid-30s. He spoke with a Wigan accent and wore dark clothing with white Nike trainers.
Detective Constable Danny Ritchie based at Wigan police station said: “This young lad was set upon by two men who were considerably older than him, all just to steal his phone and a bit of cash.
“We are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen these two men, either before the incident or running away from the scene afterwards, to get in touch and tell us what they saw.
“I would also like to ask the public to please be cautious when they are walking alone at night and to keep valuable items such as phones out of sight.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at Wigan police station on 0161 856 7249 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.