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Muggings on the rise in Fallowfield

Criminals reportedly target students as they return to Fallowfield and Withington from University or nights out this week

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Police said they have seen a “spate of personal robberies” around Wilmslow Road, Platt Lane and Platt Fields park, the Manchester Evening News have reported.

Over the last two days, a group of teenage boys are said to have taken iPhones, iPads, money and other electronic devices.

Incidents are reported to have most commonly occurred between 1.30am and 3.30am.

Another student was robbed of his phone and wallet this morning at approx. 1am near to Platt Fields Park – Please be vigilant & retweet

— GMP Fallowfield (@GMPFallowfield) September 22, 2017

On the 22th of September, GMP Fallowfield reported that a student had been mugged near Platt Fields park around 1AM, with his phone and wallet taken.

In some of the incidents, the group have told victims they have a weapon, and have kicked or punched people who have refused to hand over items.

Attackers targeting students to rob mobile devices in the Platt Fields area. Series of attacks reported. Re-tweet. Share. #studentsafe

— GMP Fallowfield (@GMPFallowfield) September 20, 2017

According to The Manchester Evening News, the offenders have been described as black males, around 18-years-old wearing black and white clothing with one wearing a blue bubble jacket, and have been seen hanging around opposite the Platt Fields entrance.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “We are aware of these attacks and investigations are underway.

“We urge you to share this with friends or any student family in and around south Manchester and avoid the Platt Fields entrance when walking alone.

“Only carry devices on your person in this area if absolutely necessary.”

Any witnesses or anyone with further information can call GMP on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting log 265 190917.

This is a developing story. Anyone who has any further information, please contact news.mancunion@gmail.com