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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. 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.