Police are appealing for information after a teenager was robbed on the Bridgewater Canal towpath in Sale.
The incident happened on April 10 at around 8.50pm when police received a report that a 14-year-old boy had been approached by a gang of approximately eighteen youths.
They told him to empty his pockets and threatened to assault him if he did not, the boy then shown the gang that he did not have anything in his pockets, he was then attacked.
He was taken to a nearby hospital for a short time with facial injuries and is now recovering well at home.
Officers investigating the incident believe it may be linked to a number of other robberies in the area with similar circumstances.
Typically, the victims are aged between twelve and twenty-years-old, and are often threatened before being assaulted, sometimes with weapons including knifes, machetes and wooden sticks.
During these incidents a number of personal items have been stolen including mobile phones, cash and cycles.
A boy and girl, both aged thirteen and a boy aged fifteen have been arrested in connection with the incident and esquires are on going.
Detective Inspector Simon Akker of GMP’s Trafford Borough said: “I want to reassure the community that we are doing everything in our power to put a stop to these robberies and will continue to make arrests until a clear message has been sent that this behaviour is absolutely unacceptable.
“We are working closely with our partners to make this possible but need the public’s help to identify those responsible and protect the public of Trafford.
“If anyone recognises the circumstances of this robbery or one similar, please get in contact with us.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7568 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.