A violent gang has left five people in hospital after a two-hour spree of robberies inManchestercity centre.
Seven people were assaulted and had their possessions stolen between 2am and 4am on Sunday in the Northern Quarter area.
Five of the victims, who were aged between 20 and 60, had to have hospital treatment for their injuries.
Police are hunting for the three offenders, who are described as three men aged between 20 and 40.
Detective Sergeant Kat McKeown, ofGreater Manchester Police’s city of Manchester division, said: “This was a series of violent robberies during which victims have been set upon by three men intent on causing them harm.
“I’d like to assure the public that we’re currently working to identify those responsible and I’d ask that anyone with information contact police.
“We wish those who remain in hospital a speedy recovery from their injuries.”
Pat Karney, city centre spokesman for Manchester City Council, wrote on Twitter: “Five in hospital after thugs carry out 7 violent attacks in Northern Quarter.
“GMP and the Council are examining CCTV as are private premises.