Man with learning difficulties brutally attacked and robbed resulting fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

A man with learning difficulties was brutally attacked and robbed. 

Sometime after 11.30pm on Sunday 24 May 2015, a 40-year-old man travelling on the 330 bus from Bredbury to Hyde went to get off at Dowson Road at Hyde. 

The man was aware of a group of 4-6 white men behind him so decided towait till the next stop. He then got off at Market Street and walked upto Tower Street. The group of men followed him and attacked him from behind.

The man was hit on the head with an unknown implement causing him to fall to the floor where the group proceeded to kick and punch him. They then grabbed his rucksack, containing an iPod, and ran off along Tower Street And  then left towards Dowson Road.

The man did not initially report the incident to police and went home. Several days later his family discovered him and took him to hospital wherehe is being treated for a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Detective Constable Claire Titterington said: “We have managed toget an initial account from the victim’s family, however he remains in hospital. We are now reviewing CCTV from the bus and in Hyde but would ask if anyone was on that bus or in the area at the time that they contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9389 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.