Moston man with Cerebral Palsy robbed

SHAMELESS thieves stole cash and house keys from a man with Cerebral Palsy before burgling his house.

The man, 56, was sat at a bus stop on Lightbowne Road, Moston, at about 8.30pm on Monday 30 March 2010.

He was confronted by two men who demanded his keys and money, and then rifled through his pockets. After stealing the keys and a small quantity of cash, the duo fled.

Cerebral Palsy, which can have a number of levels of seriousness, is caused by an injury to the brain which can result in messages between the brain and muscles being jumbled. The condition can affect a person’s control of movement.

The victim later returned home to find the keys in the door and several rooms had been ransacked, with more cash stolen.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about the robbery to come forward.

The first man was white, about 5ft 7in tall, of a slim build and wearing a grey scarf over his face, black jogging pants and a black hat. The second was of a similar height and build and wearing a black scarf covering his face, a dark woolly hat and black trousers with a white marking at the top.

Police Constable Matthew Hilton said: “This really is a callous act. These men took advantage of the man’s vulnerability, robbed him in the street and then burgled him. They are morally repugnant and deserve to be behind bars. Whatever word you want to use – cruel, despicable, mean – these men are it.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about either the robbery or the burglary to come forward. Your information could be that vital clue we need to finding these men and putting them away where they belong.

“Perhaps you were sat at the bus stop or saw these two men lurking in the area at about the time of the robbery? Or perhaps you have heard some idle gossip or even someone boasting about what they have done? If you have, I implore you to come forward.

“Greater Manchester Police has demonstrated that robbers who prey upon vulnerable people will face a lengthy stint behind bars. They are a scourge in our communities but with the public’s help, their criminality will not go unpunished.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 4027 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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