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'Cruel and cowardly thugs' sought after disabled man robbed in subway

Published 12/04/2016

Two men police are trying to trace in connection with an assault on a disabled man in a subway in Wolverhampton (West Midlands Police/PA)
Two men police are trying to trace in connection with an assault on a disabled man in a subway in Wolverhampton (West Midlands Police/PA)

Two "cruel and cowardly" thugs kicked and punched a disabled man before stealing his phone.

The assault happened in a subway in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands after the 20-year-old partially sighted victim was initially befriended by his attackers in a nearby takeaway.

The man, who also has cerebral palsy, was met by his assailants in the eaterie in Broad Street at about 2.30am on April 9, before they led him to an underpass in Wulfruna Street.

While there he was pushed to the ground and beaten, before his attackers made off with some cash.

The victim raised the alarm by dialling 999 from a payphone, and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

CCTV images of two men West Midlands Police want to speak to in connection with the attack has been released in a bid to trace the pair.

Detective Constable Simon Williams, of West Midlands Police, said: "This was a callous attack on a vulnerable man and I am appealing to anyone who recognises the pair to come forward.

"The man is obviously traumatised by his ordeal, he had been enjoying a night out in Wolverhampton when he was befriended by these cruel and cowardly thugs.

"The images are really clear and I am sure that someone knows who these two are. I would like to appeal to the men in the images to do the right thing and come forward. It is only a matter of time before we come knocking at their door."

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