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15 July 2011, 10:28
A man has been left badly hurt after an attack in Bury.
The 66-year-old man was walking towards Bell Lane when he was approached from behind by a man who demanded cash.
The offender then launched into an unprovoked attack, kicking, punching and stamping the man in the head and body.
He then stole his house keys and bank cards before a group of passer-bys disturbed him and he ran off up Villiers Street towards the Percy Street area.
The man was treated in hospital for his injuries and is still shaken up after what happened.
The offender is described as being white, in his early 20s with stubble on his chin, wearing a black leather jacket, a hood covering his head, dark jeans and Rockport-type boots.
Detective Constable Dave Potter, of the Bury Volume Crime Team, said: "This man suffers from epilepsy and the severity of this attack could have easily triggered a very serious episode.
The level of violence the offender used just to get his hands on some cash means he must be a very desperate individual. However, this desperation must not be used as an excuse for his unprovoked and violent actions and he needs to be caught and made to pay for what he has done.
It is the very least the victim deserves so that is why I am appealing to members of the public to help us with our investigation.
Please, if you saw or heard anything then we need to hear from you. Even if it is something you have overheard or some gossip, it could be vital to our inquiries so please do call us if you know something."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bury Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 8133 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.