Police are appealing for information after group of children hurled abuse and pushed an elderly man at a café in the city centre last month.

A group of around ten teenagers were being disruptive in a sandwich shop in Piccadilly Gardens on the 23rd October around 4.00pm

The group, who were not paying customers, continued to behave in a disruptive manner and one of the male teenagers dropped some litter on the floor.

When he was asked to pick it up, a girl from the group threw an apple at management.

On seeing this behaviour, an man in his late 60s intervened and attempted to usher the group out of the sandwich shop but he was stopped when another boy from the group shoved him and threatened him.

At this point, some more of the group got involved and the man was pushed again, causing him to fall into a member of management, before one of the boys picked up a chair and attempted to throw it at the man. Fortunately, he was stopped by members of the public.

They all then left the area.

Officers investigating the incident want to speak to any witnesses and have released descriptions of people they want to speak to.

The girl who threw the apple is described as white, around 15-years-old, of slim to medium build with a round face and blonde hair, which was tied in a bun on top of her head. She was wearing black jeans, which were ripped at the knees, a white jumper with a black design on the front and a short, black bomber coat with a fur hood.

The boy who tried to throw the chair is described as black, between 13 and 15-years-old, of slim build and small in height. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers with a white sole, a black puffa jacket with a white circular emblem on the left sleeve and red/orange coloured collar with a grey hooded top.

The other boy who pushed the man into management is described as black, around 15-years-old, of slim build with a dark, medium length afro. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black jumper with white emblem on the left of his chest and wide, white stripes down the sleeves.

Police Constable Laura Bristow of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “Thankfully members of the public intervened and no-one was seriously injured but we still need to locate this group of teenagers and speak to them at the earliest opportunity.

“Piccadilly Gardens is a busy and well known location so I am sure someone would have seen this group, even if it was just in passing.

“Please familiarise yourself with the descriptions we’ve released and get in touch with us if you have any information whatsoever.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 3221 or 101, quoting incident number 1315 of 23/10/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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