New appeal in hunt for towpath muggers

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A FRESH appeal has been made for witnesses to the knife robbery of a man as he walked along a Wigan canal towpath.

Police are hunting two gaunt and scruffy assailants who ambushed their victim as he headed home at 9.30pm on March 5.

They had been sitting on the arm of a canal lock at Rabbit Rocks, Whelley, when they approached the 34-year-old and asked for a lighter and a cigarette, which he declined.

The first stranger spoke to his companion in a foreign language as he suddenly started to frisk the victim before pulling a knife from his pocket and holding it to the victim’s chest, while the accomplice stole cash and cigarettes. They fled towards Whelley.

The first robber was white, about 30 years old, very thin and around 5ft 11ins tall. He has a drawn face and patchy long facial hair. His hair was dirty and about 2ins long and he was wearing a dark bubble jacket with sleeves, which was ripped on the left side.

He also wore dirty blue jeans, had yellow teeth and spoke with an eastern European-type accent.

The second man was white, around 5ft 6ins tall, and about 28 years old.

He has a drawn face, was very pale and had a roughly shaved head that was patchy in places. He wore a dirty cream-coloured T-shirt with a design on the front, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and old white trainers with stripes on. He was also described as “smelling of bonfires.”

Anyone with details should ring the Robbery Unit on 0161 856 5309 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.