Couple robbed at knifepoint in Wythenshawe

A couple were robbed at knife point as they walked home in Wythenshawe.

It happened at about 1.50pm on Sunday 15 December 2013 when they were walking along Newhey Road, Benchill.

As they reached the junction of Panfield Road they noticed two men walking along Newhey Road in the same direction, but on the opposite footpath.

One of the men shouted over and asked the couple for the time, he pulled his iPhone out and said it was ‘ten to two’.They continued to walk along Newhey Road and crossed the junction of Hollyhedge Road when they noticed the two men were following them quite closely.

They turned to question this when they saw one of the men holding a kitchen knife, he held the knife to the chest of both of the victims and demanded their money and phones.

They handed these over and the two thieves walked off in the direction of Hollyhedge Road.

The first offender is described as a white man, about 5ft 8in tall, stocky build, in his late teens early 20s with heavy stubble.

He was wearing a blue Adidas hooded top with the hood up and spoke with a Manchester accent.The second is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, slim build, early 20s, slight stubble possibly ginger.

He wore an all grey tracksuit which was possibly converse and also spoken with a Manchester accent.

Detective Constable Rory Leicester said: “We are appealing to a man who was cycling by at the time of the robbery who may have witnessed the attack.

“It is not believed that he is connected but may have information valuable to the investigation.

“He is described as a white man, early 20s with light brown hair and a grey hooded top with green writing and he was riding a silver mountain bike. If you recognise yourself from this deception please contact the police as your information could be vital.

“This was a cowardly attack targeting two young people who were trying to help them out, they were in fear of their own lives when they were faced with a kitchen knife across their chests.

“There is a real threat of knife attacks on our street and we would like any assistance in preventing these offenders from causing anyone serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4882 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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