Man, 92, robbed in Manchester city centre

A 92-year-old man who was travelling to meet his ballroom dance partner has been robbed by a man posing as a good Samaritan in Manchester.

The victim had travelled by coach to the city from Stoke. He arrived at Chorlton Street bus station at about 10.45 GMT on Tuesday.

As he walked up to Lever Street to catch a bus to Oldham, a man said he would help him find another stop.

The man took him to Back Piccadilly, where he robbed the man of his wallet.

He also pushed him to the ground but the victim was not seriously injured, police said.

'Devious criminal'

The man is described as white, of medium build, and about 30. He was wearing a waterproof jacket.

PC Colin Ridgway, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This man was making one of his frequent visits to meet his dance partner when this devious criminal struck.

"The victim believed the man was going to help him find a more convenient bus stop, but instead he turned the situation to his advantage and lured him to an alleyway.

"This is a desperate act and I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw these two together or the offender at any point to call me.

"If anyone thinks they know the person responsible I would ask that they don't think twice about coming forward because next time it could be your elderly relative who is targeted and we need to get this person before he has the opportunity to strike again."

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