Manchester

Partially sighted Salford man mugged for winnings

A partially sighted man was beaten and robbed of his betting shop winnings as he walked with his guide dog, Greater Manchester Police have said.

The 62-year-old was walking home from a betting shop in Salford when two people demanded his wallet.

When he said he did not have a wallet he was punched and kicked to the floor and cash was taken from his pockets.

Police said the robbery was a "heinous act" and "even hardened criminals would be ashamed" of such an attack.

The man was walking home at about 21:00 GMT on Monday after visiting his local bookmakers on Tootal Road in Weaste.

He was robbed and left with facial injuries on Don Avenue as he headed towards the junction of Bradfield Avenue.

'No justification'

Det Sgt Roger Smethurst said the local community was disgusted at the crime.

"The victim did not show any resistance and there is no justification for the level of violence shown," he said.

"This is a partially sighted man who was walking with his guide dog when he was set upon by these two thugs who, it seems, go to any length to line their own pockets.

"Surely they must feel some kind of remorse over what they have done to a vulnerable member of the community.

"Even hardened criminals will be ashamed by this and we would ask them to help us find who committed this heinous act."

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "I am shocked by what happened to me and although I will recover from my injuries, the ordeal has left me feeling vulnerable."

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