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Baby-faced thieves steal phone from a 12 year old

Evofit of young robber Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Two youthful looking robbers pushed a young boy off his bike and stole his phone during a robbery in Blackley. It happened at about ten to five on 5 May 2014. A 12-year-old boy was cycling in woodland off Lander Grove when the two robbers approached him and pushed him off his bike.

Evofit of young robber Credit: Greater Manchester Police

One of the boys kicked him and pinned him down while the other plundered his mobile ? an iPhone 4s ? from his pocket. They ran off into the woods. The boy was not seriously hurt. Both were white and about 15 years old. One had ginger hair and freckles and the other had blonde hair.

Detective Constable Mike Keogh, said: “What is immediately striking - and concerning - is just how young these two robbers appear. We have been able to compile two very realistic images and I am certain someone in the local community will recognise them."

Police hunt racist thugs after assault in Blackley

GMP Crest Credit: GMP

Police are hunting three men who assaulted and racially abused a man in Manchester.

On Wednesday 4 September, the 41-year-old man was helping his brother move into his property on Victoria Avenue, Blackley.

The pair were unloading a van at about 11.50pm when the assault happened.

Three men approached from Hill Lane.

They made racist remarks to the man, before telling him, 'You need to get permission from me before your brother moves in.'

The offenders then began to rummage through the boxes and items of furniture.

One man urinated on the victim's van while the other two urinated in his garden.

One offender then started to punch the man before the other two joined in.

One offender rifled through his pockets and stole keys to his house and van as well as cash and a mobile phone.

The three men are described as white and aged around 20-years-old.

Detective Constable Louise Edwards, said: "These men are cowardly, racist thugs and I have nothing but contempt for them and their appalling behaviour.

"I hope the community will be as shocked by their behaviour as I am and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch."

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Great grandmother inundated with gifts following burglary

Dozens of people have given some Christmas cheer to an 87-year-old woman with lung cancer who had all her gifts and savings stolen.

Great Grandmother Christina Hewitt had saved all year for the gifts that were taken from her home in Blackley earlier this week.

She was devastated to be left with nothing. her story touched so many people that she's been inundated with gifts.

Today her housing association, the wardens and a company that spotted a present was from them turned up bearing gifts.

To donate gifts to Mrs Hewitt, please contact Northwards Housing.

Great grandmother inundated with gifts after burglary

Dozens of people have given some Christmas cheer to an 87-year-old woman with lung cancer who had all her gifts and savings stolen.

Great Grandmother Christina Hewitt had saved all year for the gifts that were taken from her home in Blackley earlier this week.

She was devastated to be left with nothing. But her story touched so many people that she's been inundated with gifts.

Today her housing association, the wardens and a company that spotted a present was from them turned up bearing gifts.

To donate gifts to Mrs Hewitt, please contact Northwards Housing.

Police crackdown on burglary in the run up to Christmas

Police in the North West are cracking down on burglary in the run up to Christmas.

87-year old Christina Hewitt, who suffers from lung cancer, had saved all year to buy presents for her relatives. Yesterday, thieves burgled her home.

Mrs Hewitt is one of a growing number of victims at this time of year.

Police say they're clamping down on burglars, but they're stretched to deal with a 20% increase in the lead up to Christmas.

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