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Hunt for muggers
Tuesday 11th February 2014 @ 10:28 by Mark Phillip

Police are hunting muggers who assaulted a teenager in broad daylight stealing his smart phone and then offering to sell it back to him.
The 17-year-old victim and a friend had been standing at a bus stop on Beaufort Road in Ashton directly outside Tameside College when the incident happened.
He was showing his friend pictures on his Samsung Galaxy Note phone when the two offenders approached and snatched the phone from his hand.
When he tried to get the phone back he was punched in the
The muggers ran off in the direction of Stalybridge, with the victim in pursuit. He caught them up and again tried to retrieve his phone but was assaulted again, pushed to the ground and kicked.
In desperation the victim offered to buy his phone back so they asked him how much money he had in his account.
He told them £230 and they then walked him about a mile along Clarence Street, onto Bayley Street and onto Bridge Street towards the cash machine at the Texaco petrol Station on Caroline Street, Stalybridge.
But as they approached the cash machine the offenders ran off again in the direction of the canal.
The thief who snatched the phone is described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, 19 or 20-years-old, of slim build and wearing a red and green Beanie hat with the word ‘Weed’ on the front, a blue hoody and grey jogging bottoms.
The other was also white, taller – around 6ft tall – around 23-years-old with short, dirty blond hair, a blond beard and a pale complexion. He wore a grey scarf, black
gloves and blue jeans and brown boots.
The victim did not suffer bad injuries in the attack.
Detective Constable John Nestor, based at Ashton Police Station, said: “This was quite a traumatic incident for the victim as, like many of us, his smart phone is full of pictures and personal information about his friends and loved ones.
“He bravely chased after the thieves, caught them up and again tried to wrestle his phone off them. He was again assaulted for his pains and in sheer desperation offered to buy it back.
“It must have been humiliating for the victim to be marched towards a cashpoint, especially as he would have been fearful of being further attacked.
“We now want to hear from anyone who saw this unlikely trio walking between Ashton and Stalybridge, or from anyone who saw two suspicious looking people run off near the Texaco garage on Caroline Street.”
The incident happened at about 2.50pm on Friday, January 10.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on (0161) 856 9260, (0161) 856 9250 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.