/ Man threatened at gunpoint during park robbery

A man was threatened and robbed as he walked through a Salford park.

At about 9.10pm on Friday 30 November 2012, the 19-year-old man was walking through Peel Park towards Salford Crescent train station when the two offenders cycled up to him on BMX bikes.

One grabbed hold of him while the other produced a handgun and demanded his phone.

The man handed over his Sony Ericsson mobile and was then told by one of the offenders that he would be shot if he did not run off towards the university, which he did.

One is described as 18 to 20 years old, 5ft 11in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black and red coat, spoke with a Salford accent and was riding a silver BMX bike.

The other is described as white, 18 to 20 years old, 5ft 9in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black woolly hat, a waterproof jacket and had a black bandana across his face. He spoke with a local accent was also riding a silver BMX bike.

Detective Inspector Nicola Fagan, said: “The offenders have produced a gun and threatened to shoot the victim so are clearly at ease intimidating and robbing local residents.

“We have launched an investigation into this incident and I want to hear from anyone who can help us identify who these two offenders are.

“We don’t know if the gun is real or not but obviously for the victim that will make little difference.

“He is clearly upset but thankfully was not injured.

“We will be circulating the offenders’ descriptions to all local officers who will be on the lookout for them and who will be in and around the area to reassure the community.

“If anyone thinks they know who is responsible or sees anyone matching the description please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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