Police respond to a high-value robbery in the City Centre and arrest a man

Police respond to a robbery in the City Centre make an arrest.

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Canal Street Manchester: Credit Google Maps

At around 7am on Sunday 1 September 2019, officers on patrol in the city centre were flagged down by a concerned member of the public who had been alerted to a robbery on Canal Street, Manchester.

The victim had been approached by a group of offenders who threatened the 23-year-old man and claimed they had a knife.

The offenders then made off with the victim’s high-value watch – a present he had been given for his 21st birthday.

They also stole a number of other items, including his wallet.

Officers were deployed in the area and were able to identify a potential suspect and retrieve some of the stolen property.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery. He remains in custody for questioning.

Sergeant Trevor Eaton, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the diligent member of the public who alerted officers in the first instance.

“I would also like to commend the officers who responded to this incident so professionally. Their swift action means that a suspect was in custody soon after the initial report came into us, which I hope sends a clear message that we will not tolerate such offending in our city.

“Whilst we have made arrest, I want to be clear that we are still appealing for any witnesses who could assist our enquiries. Do you have any information that could help us? If so, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 738 of 01/09/19. Reports can also be made anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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