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article imageElderly worker assaulted and robbed at graveyard

By Gemma Fox     Oct 1, 2011 in Crime
Greater Manchester Police have released pictures of a man who was assaulted and robbed while trying to lock up the cemetery that he worked in.
WARNING: This article contains graphic images of the injuries the victim received during this attack and robbery.
The victim, a 73-year old man was a cemetery worker who was just about to lock the gates of Artherton Cemetery at about 8.15pm last night (Friday).
As the victim was about to lock up when he was approached by a male. The victim explained to the man that he was just about to close.
The cemetery worker was punched in the face by the man, causing him to fall on the ground where the suspect then began to kick him and drag him around threatening that he had a knife and that the man shouldn't scream or shout.
The attacker also demanded money from the man and threatened to stab him before rifling through the victim's pockets as he lay on the ground. Greater Manchester Police report that the suspect took his black Nokia mobile phone, a small amount of cash, a key for a Honda car and the man's torch.
During the attack the victim sustained a fractured cheek bone as well as a serious cut lip. He also had swelling to his head and face along with bruises to his head and face. He was taken to hospital for treatment and underwent emergency surgery. He remained under observation and and will stay in hospital until there is an improvement in his condition.
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police and victims family
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police and victims family
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police and victims family
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Cemetery worker assaulted and robbed while locking up
Courtesy of Greater Manchester Police and victims family
Greater Manchester Police gave this description of the attacker:
The robber was described as a white man, aged in his 20s, 6ft tall wearing a grey tracksuit.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington, based at Wigan CID, said:
"This was a vicious attack and the level of violence used to take a few items of little financial value was wholly unnecessary.
"The victim is one of the older members of our community who does a valuable job by looking after the place we bury our loved ones and, as such, should face nothing but praise and respect - so I find it particularly disgusting that a thug would show such little regard for this man or the surroundings.
"No doubt the community will be equally appalled and I'd ask for their help because together we can make sure the person responsible is caught and faces justice. We are determined to do this.
"Does someone you know have a new phone or, rather unusually, a new torch? If you saw or know something, please contact us."
The victims family gave police permission to release pictures of the victim with his injuries with hope that they would help find his attacker.
Anyone with information is asked to call officers in Wigan on 0161 856 7255 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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