COPS were hunting a violent gang after thugs went on a two-hour robbery rampage through the streets – leaving five people in hospital.
The yobs targeted revellers enjoying a night out in Manchester city centre’s trendy Northern Quarter – striking between 2am and 4am.
Seven people – aged between 20 and 60 – were all approached by three men before being robbed in the street.
Five needed hospital treatment and tonight not all had been discharged.
A 29-year-old woman who had her £700 iPhone stolen said one of the muggers wore a balaclava with a skull print.
No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses. They believe the men responsible are aged 20 and 40.
‘THUGS MUST BE CAUGHT’
Detective Sergeant Kat McKeown of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “This was a series of violent robberies during which victims have been set upon by three men intent on causing them harm.
“I’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.”
Coun Pat Karney, Manchester Council’s city centre spokesman, added: “These thugs need tracking down and brought to justice.
“It’s disgraceful that residents and visitors can’t be safe at night in Manchester.
“Police and the council are examining CCTV as are private premises. These thugs must be caught.”
The news comes after a spate of recent attacks in the Northern Quarter.
November saw a number of incidents where thieves on mopeds targeted people in the street.
One victim had a £1,000 Apple iPhone 11 snatched from her hand.