Police are appealing for information following a number of street robberies which have seen victims robbed of high-value watches.
Between Friday 10 April 2020 and Sunday 3 May 2020 police received reports of three robberies in the Hale and Hale Barnes area where members of the public have been attacked in the street and valuable watches taken from them.
The most recent of these incidents took place at around 2pm on Sunday 3 May 2020 where police were called to reports of a robbery on Bankhall Lane in Hale.
The victim – a 48-year-old man – was walking down the street with his wife when he was approached by three masked men who threatened them both.
The men stole the victim’s high-value watch before making off in a dark-coloured Ford Focus onto Broad Lane, heading towards Hale Road.
The offenders are described as being between 5ft 7ins and 6ft 2ins tall and were wearing dark tracksuits at the time of the robbery.
Although no one was injured, the victim and his wife were left understandably shaken by the incident.
Police believe this incident to be linked to two other robberies involving the theft of high-value watches in the same area. The first took place at around 6pm on Friday 10 April 2020 on Wicker Lane, Hale Barnes, and the second took place at around 5:20pm on Monday 27 April on Blenheim Close, Bowden.
Following this spate of robberies, Greater Manchester Police are keen to issue advice on how to stay safe:
- Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking with your headphones on or you are talking on your mobile phone.
- Keep your valuables safe and out of sight.
- Stick to well-lit, busy streets and avoid shortcuts which take you through unlit and deserted areas.
- Plan your journey. When travelling by public transport, visit journey planner at www.tfgm.com.
- Your personal safety is more important than your belongings.
Detective Constable Natalie Brine, from GMP’s Trafford division, said:
“I want to reassure the community that we are taking these robberies very seriously and are investigating all available lines of enquiry to try and find those responsible.
“These offenders have been targeting victims with high value watches, and I am urging that the public please take note of the advice we have issued about staying safe. When out and about, please remain cautious and alert, and report anything suspicious to police immediately.
“These robberies took place in broad daylight, and I am hopeful that there are witnesses who may have dash cam or CCTV footage relating to these incidents. If you have any information at all that could help us to complete our enquiries, please contact police as soon as possible.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1257 of 03/05/2020.
Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.