Manchester: Seven fall victim to violent robberies during two-hour rampage

A gang is being hunted after a two-hour robbery rampage in Manchester city centre that left five victims needing hospital treatment.

A total of seven attacks were carried out between 2am and 4am in the Northern Quarter area.

Victims, aged between 20 and 60, were approached by three men before being assaulted and having their personal possessions snatched.

Five of those attacked went to hospital with their injuries.

The thugs sought by investigators are described as being approximately aged between 20 and 40.

Detective Sergeant Kat McKeown of Greater Manchester Police said: "This was a series of violent robberies during which victims have been set upon by three men intent on causing them harm.

"l'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."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4409 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.