Student robbed at knifepoint in Deansgate

MUGGERS: These men threatened to stab a student then stole money from him. Do you know who they are?

A STUDENT was told he would be stabbed unless he withdrew money from a cash machine.

It happened in Manchester city centre when the 20-year-old became separated from his friends on a night out.

At about 1am on 15 October 2009, the victim made his way to Deansgate Locks and was offered a ticket into one of the bars by a man. As the victim did not have enough money, the man agreed to accompany him to the Alliance and Leicester Building Society cashpoint on Deansgate.

When they got to Century Street, another man joined them and the duo then threatened to beat the victim up if he did not hand over his cashcard and PIN number. Fearing he would be attacked, he gave them the card and an incorrect PIN number.

However, the pair threatened to stab him if he did not accompany him to the cashpoint. Although no knife was seen, the victim was scared enough to give the right PIN number.

When they got to the cashpoint, two more offenders arrived and the victim was again told he would be stabbed unless he withdrew cash. After taking out more than £100, the victim ran away and alerted police.

Police are have now released stills of men they want to speak to in connection with the robbery and are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

The first man was Asian, about 20 years old, 5ft 8in tall, of medium build with shaved hair and wearing a long-sleeved dark top and denim jeans. The second man was also Asian, in his early 20s, about 5ft 8in tall, of skinny build and with short dark hair.

The third was Asian, early 20s, about 6ft tall, of stocky build with shaved hair and wearing a dark jumper and jeans. The final offender was Asian, in his early 20s, about 5ft 7in tall, of a skinny build with short dark hair and carrying a dark leather satchel with a gold badge.

Police Constable Rick Pack, from the Volume Crime Team at Collyhurst Police Station, said: “I would strongly urge anyone who either recognises the men in these pictures or who has information about what happened to come forward so we can find those responsible and stop them from preying upon anyone else.

“At this time of year, there will be a lot of people going on nights out and we do not want them to fall victim to a similar sort of crime.

“There are in the region of 60,000 students in Manchester and GMP has a number of operations that focus on keeping students safe. We have Operation Torch in place to catch those criminals who prey on our student population. It implements covert tactics to catch those criminals who prey on our student population as well as high visibility police patrols to reassure students as they are out and about.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind all students that by following a few simple safety rules they can help us make sure their time at university is spent in lectures and with friends rather than at a police station reporting a crime.

“Our advice is that while out and about, you should keep to well-lit areas, stay in groups and keep valuables such as phones and MP3 players out of sight.

“At your accommodation, make sure that doors and windows are locked -even when you are in and remember to set the alarm. If you’re going out at night, leave a light on to give the impression someone is home.

“GMP’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams are also on hand to ensure students are security savvy and know the steps to take to keep themselves safe.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 3127 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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