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Dying pensioner beaten up by muggers in Manchester

A pensioner who is dying of cancer was beaten up by robbers in a "cowardly and vicious attack" as he walked home from a pub in Manchester.

Two men knocked the 69-year-old to the ground before kicking him in the stomach, standing on his back and emptying his wallet and throwing it back at him, police said.

He later received treatment for two broken ribs.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information about the man's attackers.
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information about the man's attackers. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Detectives are appealing for information about the robbery, which took place just after midnight on August 5 near the Angel pub in Wood Street, Denton, Greater Manchester.

Detective Constable Fiona Rigby said: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a frail and dying man.

"He has terminal cancer and is very ill. In fact he doesn't have long to live. One of his remaining pleasures in life is to walk to his local pub for a couple of beers with his friends.

"Now, because of the despicable actions of these cowards, this modest pleasure has been utterly destroyed."

The hooded attackers are described as about 20 years old, 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in, with local accents. One was wearing a light grey tracksuit while the other had a black tracksuit on.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9484 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.


Man sectioned over Manchester flight bomb hoax

A 47-year-old man arrested after a suspected bomb hoax on a Manchester Airport-bound flight has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police are continuing to question a passenger arrested after a suspected bomb hoax on a UK-bound flight led to an RAF fighter jet being scrambled to intercept it. The 47-year-old from the North West was held by armed officers who greeted flight QR23 from Doha, Qatar, when it arrived at Manchester Airport yesterday, escorted by a Typhoon jet.

The alert was sparked by fears of "a possible device on board" but Greater Manchester Police pronounced the Airbus A330-300 clear after searching it.

A force spokesman confirmed this morning that the man was still being held. Some of the 269 passengers on board the flight from the Gulf described seeing the fighter from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire come close to the civilian aircraft as it flew towards Manchester, with pictures and video posted online.

Read: Hoax bomb threat arrest after Manchester plane emergency

Passengers 'were frightened by bomb rumours'

Another passenger aboard the Qatar Airways flight escorted into Manchester Airport today says children on board were crying amid "rumours there's a bomb on the plane".

Aureng Zeb, left, outside Manchester Airport today.
Aureng Zeb, left, outside Manchester Airport today. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Aurang Zeb, 60, returning from a holiday to his home in Bradford, said: "I thought there was something wrong because there was a jet flying so near."

Mr Zeb said the plane landed and was taken to an area well away from the terminal and other planes, where they waited for 45 minutes then moved again closer to the terminal.

"Then I saw all the police with guns. Lots of police everywhere," he added.

Mr Zeb said two armed police then came on and removed the suspect passenger, after sitting him up and telling him: 'Put your hands up'.

47-year-old man held over 'hoax bomb threat'

Police say the passenger held over an alleged bomb threat hoax on a Qatar Airways plane today is a 47-year-old man from the north-west.

“The incident arose when the pilot received information about a possible device on board the plane having been handed a note from a passenger," Greater Manchester Police said.

A full search of the aircraft had now been completed with nothing suspicious found, the force said.

Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax and remains in custody for questioning.


Qatar Airways passenger: Plane crew 'told us nothing'

A passenger aboard the Qatar Airways flight at the centre of a bomb threat hoax says he and his fellow passengers had to use the internet to find out what was happening to the plane as crew said "nothing".

Asked what he said to the person next to him when a fighter jet appeared outside the window, Josh Hartley said "he was asleep so I didn't bother him".

Manchester runway shut for 25 mins amid plane 'threat'

Manchester Airport confirmed its runway was closed for 25 minutes during this afternoon's plane emergency, which led to an arrest for a suspected hoax bomb threat.

A statement from the airport regarding the incident said:

Flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester landed safely this afternoon after the crew on board had received a threat during the flight. Runway operations were temporarily suspended at Manchester while the incident was dealt with and satisfactorily resolved by the authorities.

The airport reopened after a 25-minute runway closure. A number of incoming flights were diverted to nearby airports. Passenger safety remains the priority of the airline and airport.

– Manchester Airport spokesperson

Arrested man 'seemed no different to other passengers'

The man arrested by armed police at Manchester Airport "seemed no different to others on the plane", a fellow passenger has said.

Matthew Qox told the BBC: "Armed police came on and found a guy, searched him and made him stand up with his hands on his head and took him off the plane. He seemed no different to others on the plane, nothing unusual."

He also complained that he had only found out what was going on with the plane by searching on Twitter once the plane had landed at the airport.


Apparently I'm in the plane that got escorted by a fighter jet; flight QR23 from Doha Would have been nice to have been told! @mennewsdesk

"I wish we could have been kept in the loop. At least it's all a hoax, it could have been a lot worse," Mr Qox said.

Read: Photo shows man escorted off plane by police

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