'Horrific' attack leaves man with potentially life-changing injuries

Date published: 14 October 2018

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed and left with head injuries in Rochdale.

Shortly before 3.50am yesterday (Saturday), police were called to Oldham Road in Rochdale to reports that a 24-year-old male had entered a takeaway seeking shelter after being attacked and robbed.

Police and ambulances attended and the man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

He is currently in a serious condition and his injuries have the potential to be life changing.

Detectives are currently trawling through CCTV for any evidence.

It is believed the victim was at the cash point next to the Cask and Feather pub on Drake Street when the robbery happened.

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing three Asian men, all wearing dark clothing, one between the ages of 17 and 20, in the area, and police are keen to speak to them in connection with incident.

Detective Sergeant Kim Hines from GMP’s Rochdale borough said: “We have a man in hospital with very serious injuries, and we are determined to find the people involved.

"This is an unprovoked attack  and officers are working tirelessly to identify the suspects”

“My thoughts are with him and his family; I hope he is able to make a full recovery.

“It was early in the morning when this incident happened but there were people around who were returning from nights out and using the takeaways.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this horrific robbery to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We cannot let violent offenders like this get away with leaving someone with injuries that could affect them for the rest of their lives.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8437, alternatively call 101 quoting the reference 367 of 13/10/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in and around Oldham? Let us know by emailing , calling our Oldham-based newsroom on 0161 633 2121 , tweeting us @oldhamchronicle or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.