Man in hospital after Hanley Park robbery
A MAN is in hospital after being attacked and robbed in a popular park.
The 48-year-old was dragged into Hanley Park and assaulted by two youths as he walked home.
He sustained 'serious injuries' to his head, face and body, and remains in a stable condition at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
The man was walking home at around 10.30pm on Saturday after visiting a convenience store in Cauldon Road.
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As he walked along Ridgway Road, near the entrance to Hanley Park opposite Mawson Grove, he was approached by two men who demanded money.
They dragged him into the park and continued to threaten him, before launching their assault.
The man was knocked unconscious and when he came round he found his wallet was missing.
But he was able to make his way home and the police were called.
Inspector Ian Hancock, from Stoke-on-Trent Central Local Policing Team (LPT), said: "This was a nasty, unprovoked attack on an individual making his way home.
"The man sustained serious injuries and remains in hospital as he continues to receive treatment.
"A detailed investigation into this incident is now underway and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have seen or heard suspicious activity, to contact us.
"High-visibility patrols have been increased in the area to reassure members of the local community that this appears to be an isolated incident and we are doing all we can to trace the offenders."
The two offenders are described as Asian and aged 18 to 20.
Residents in Ridgway Road said the area was usually relatively peaceful, with little crime or anti-social behaviour.
Doreen Pearson, who has lived opposite the park for more than 20 years, said she hoped the robbery would prove to be an isolated incident.
The 85-year-old said: "I don't think crime is a particular problem here, I've never noticed any problems. It would be nice if there were more park wardens, but they wouldn't be working that late at night anyway. I don't think more lighting would make any difference either."
Tracy Boughey, aged 47, said: "The police pushed a note through our door saying there'd been a robbery, and that was the first time we heard anything about it.
"We've never had any problems with crime here. There are sometimes teenagers hanging around near the toilets but they've never caused me any trouble when I've walked past them."
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Cath MacKenzie at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 792 of December 15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.