Police appeal after man robbed and had substance thrown at face
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Officers are appealing for information after a vulnerable man in his teens was robbed at Westleigh Park in Wigan yesterday.
Police were called at 7pm yesterday (22 December 2021) to a report of a robbery at Westleigh Park, Westwell Street, Leigh.
Enquiries established that a man in his late teens had been approached by a group of males while sitting on a bench in the park with his electric scooter in hand.
The victim was then punched and had a substance, suspected to be ammonia, thrown in his face before the offenders made off with his scooter.
The victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries to his face. He has since been discharged.
Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.
Detective Inspector Patrick Wood, of GMP Wigan CID, said: "This was an awful attack on a vulnerable man with Asperger's. The attack has left him incredibly shaken and I would strongly appeal for anyone with information about this incident - including who the offenders may be or the location of the Xiaomai Electric Scooter - to please contact police as soon as possible.
"This kind of attack is both cowardly and unacceptable and we will be working at pace to find the individuals responsible.
"Anyone with information - including CCTV or dashcam footage from around the park at the time of the incident - is asked to report it online or by using the LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk quoting log 2503 of 21/12/2021. Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."