Man threatened at knifepoint at Hollinwood Metrolink stop

Date published: 09 March 2018

A tram passenger was held up at knifepoint at Hollinwood Metrolink stop.

The 23-year-old man was leaving the station at around 7pm on Tuesday night when he was approached by two robbers.

Police say the offenders asked for money and then held up a seven to eight inch blade.

They then demanded he hand over his mobile phone, coat and wallet.

The victim gave them his iPhone 6s, coat, Giorgio Armani watch and two bank cards and the pair fled.

Luckily the man was not injured and rang 999.

A full investigation into the robbery has now been launched and officers are appealing for information.

A spokesman for GMP confirmed: “The victim was walking away from the tram at the Hollinwood stop when two men approached him.

"The men asked him for money. But when the victim said he didn’t have any cash they pulled out a knife and demanded his coat, bag and phone.

“It is estimated the knife was between seven and eight inches in length.

“The men took the victims’s black coat, Giorgio Armani watch, two debit cards and an iPhone 6s. The man was not injured.”

Hollinwood stop has been blighted with anti-social behaviour in recent months.

Bricks have been launched at trams by youths, and some teens have also run in front of services.

Metrolink and GMP are working together on a TravelSafe scheme to patrol tram stops and cut down on crime.

A spokesperson for Transport for Greater Manchester said: “The safety and security of our customers and staff is our top priority and any act that could compromise their safety will not be tolerated anywhere on the network.

“Under the TravelSafe Partnership we’re working with the operator and police to proactively tackle incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour, deploying patrols – including TravelSafe Officers that are dedicated to the Metrolink network – in areas and at times where they are needed most.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.