Police hunt for thug

Crime story
Crime story

POLICE have launched a manhunt after a dogwalker was knocked unconscious and robbed.

The 45-year-old was struck from behind while walking his Patterdale Terrier dog on ‘the Pits’ area of Colliery Wood, Winstanley, Wigan, at about 10.30am on Monday.

He had just passed a person thought to be responsible, who was wearing a dark hooded top and blue jeans, when shortly afterwards he felt a nasty blow to the back of his head which knocked him to the floor.

As he lay unconscious on the floor, the thief rifled through his pockets and stole his wallet containing his driver’s license and other identification.

The man’s dog then woke him up from his state of unconsciousness by licking his face, after which the man managed to crawl to a nearby path where he was spotted by a member of the public who then called an ambulance.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.