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Didsbury attack 25th May - can you help?

A man was beaten unconscious and had his phone stolen in Didsbury shortly after 12.30am on Friday 25 May 2012. The 22-year-old man was waiting at the bus stop on Princess Road near to the Carphone Warehouse at the time.

Two men on bikes, one of whom was also pushing a second bike, cycled along Princess Road from the direction of McDonalds and stopped next to the phone shop.

They left the third bike propped up against the wall near to the Carphone Warehouse and approached the man at the bus stop. One of them demanded he hand over a laptop bag he was carrying.

The man refused and began to run away towards McDonalds. As he did, he was then attacked with what was believed to be a metal object inside a drawstring bag and hit repeatedly with it on his head and upper body.

The man lost consciousness and one of the offenders stole his iphone, before they both made off in the direction of Carphone Warehouse, leaving the one bike behind.

The man suffered cuts to his head and body and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The first man is white and described as slim build and around 5ft 10in tall. He was wearing a dark hooded jumper and was riding a black bike and carrying a plastic bag.

The second man is white and described as around 20 years old, medium build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark hooded jumper and was riding a dark coloured bike.

Detective Constable Rachel Wood from West Didsbury CID said: “This man was subjected to a particularly nasty attack, which left him unconscious, all for the sake of stealing his iphone.

“Similarly, if you witnessed this attack, then please contact us so you can help us to identify those responsible and take these dangerous men off our streets.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at West Didsbury CID on 0161 856 6157 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.