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Attempted kidnap in Whalley Range

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Police are appealing for information following an attempted kidnap in Whalley Range.

At around 5.10pm on Friday January 20, a 37-year-old woman came out of Tesco Express on Chorlton Road.

As she approached Whitehorn Avenue and crossed the road, an man suddenly appeared and grabbed her throat.

He pulled her towards him, but she managed to hit him with her bag, which caused him to release his grip.

The victim then escaped and ran home.

The offender did not attempt to steal anything from her.

The man is described as white or mixed race, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with acne scars on the left side of his face.

He was wearing a plain black baseball cap, a dark hooded top which was bunched up at the back, and dark pants.

Detective Constable Christopher Clarke, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said:

This was a terrifying incident which caused the victim to fear for her life and left her extremely shaken.

Thankfully, she managed to escape with only some tenderness to her throat, but the outcome could have undoubtedly been much more serious.

I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at that time, or anyone who recognises the description of the offender, to please get in touch as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Christopher Clarke
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4986 and quote the reference number 1610 of 20/01/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


91-year-old mugged in Whalley Range

A "cowardly and wicked" thief dragged a 91-year-old woman to the ground in Manchester and snatched her bag, police said.

The victim was left with bruising across her body following the incident in Whalley Range.

The woman was confronted by the thief in Russell Avenue and dragged to the floor, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Fearing for her safety, she let go of her bag which contained a small amount of cash and the offender ran off.

He is described as being dark skinned, about 5ft 5in and was dressed all in black.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to bruising across her body, police said.

I simply can't comprehend how anyone can be prepared to physically attack and rob a woman who is elderly and of slight build.

The victim should have every right to walk down the street without fear of being attacked, and now this cowardly and wicked thief has taken that away from her. She will undoubtedly be forever looking over her shoulder because of what has happened.

– Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police hunt thief who attacked 91-year-old woman

Police in Manchester looking for man who attacked a 91-year-old woman. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Manchester say they are hunting for a "cowardly and wicked" thief who dragged a 91-year-old woman to the ground and snatched her bag.

The victim was left with bruising across her body following the incident in Whalley Range, Manchester, on Friday afternoon.

The thief is described as having dark skin, about 5ft 5in tall and was dressed all in black. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to bruising across her body, police said.

Man charged with rape of three-year-old child

A man is due in court charged with raping a three year old child, police said today.

Jeremy Oketch, 34, of Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, has been charged with five counts of raping a child and three counts of producing indecent images of a child.

He was held by police on Saturday after officers recovered a hard drive which contained indecent images of a child.

An investigation commenced and a number of other electronic devices were recovered and analysed, Greater Manchester Police said.

He is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court later today.


Armed robbers target bar in Manchester

Robbers stormed into The Hillary Step early today Credit: The Hillary Step

Armed robbers targeted a bar in Manchester, early this morning.

Three men stormed into 'The Hillary Step' in Whalley Range at 1.00am, just as staff were leaving for the night.

They threatened staff with metal bars, forcing them to hand over money.

Workers say the gang then fled, driving off in a nearby car.

All three robbers are said to be 6ft tall, wearing balaclavas and dark clothing. All spoke with Liverpudlian accents.

Police are urging those who saw anything suspicious on the streets near the venue to call them.

Theives target man with kidney failure

A man with kidney failure was robbed and beaten on his own doorstep in Whalley Range. The attack took place last Friday whilst the man was returning from hospital after treatment.

It's believed the offenders followed the 51 year old victim him and jumped him from behind.

As he was being attacked, one of the offenders asked for the man’s Kara which is the Punjabi word for bangle. After a brief struggle, one of the offenders ripped a rare and unusual necklace off the victim. The necklace has a real tiger tooth covered in gold and is worth more than £1,500.

Eventually, the two offenders forced their way into the victim’s home which set off the burglar alarm, causing them to flee.

This was an absolutely disgusting and cowardly attack on a vulnerable and frail man who needs dialysis treatment three times a week for kidney failure.I have no doubt people who are reading or hearing this will be absolutely disgusted and I would implore people to use that sense of anger and indignation to help us catch the despicable offenders responsible for this crime.What makes it even more upsetting is that we believe this man has been deliberately targeted as he returned from treatment, as the offenders knew exactly what to ask for and eventually stole a very rare and valuable necklace.

– Detective Constable Lisa McGrane