Arrests have been made after an elderly man was robbed and assaulted while trying to withdraw his pension.

This morning, Greater Manchester Police officers set out in search of a suspect after a man, 76, was robbed in Piccadilly Gardens.

Three warrants were carried out at Sheridan Court on Ridgewood Avenue, Isca Street in Manchester and Kilmington Drive in Cheetham Hill.

A 32-year-old man was found hiding in a wardrobe at the Kilmington Drive address and then arrested on suspicion of robbery.

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PC Antony Rushton of GMP’s Operation Vulcan said: "Operation Vulcan Piccadilly was launched to ensure the Piccadilly Gardens area is safe for all visitors, residents and businesses.

“This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable and elderly man and I hope that our relentless pursuit of the suspect sends a strong message that anyone who comes to the Gardens to commit robbery, violence or any other type of crime will be dealt with severely.

“It should also serve as a reminder that Vulcan Piccadilly is not contained to Piccadilly Gardens.”

The robbery of the elderly man took place at around 7pm on January 15, 2024.

A 76-year-old man was assaulted and robbed after he came to Manchester City Centre to withdraw his pension and disability benefits.

PC Rushton added: “Operation Vulcan Piccadilly takes a zero-tolerance approach to robbery.”

He continued: “We will continue drawing on the support of GMP’s City Centre Neighbourhood Team, other force resources and dedicated partners to protect victims of crime, pursue offenders and ensure the Garden’s continues to be a safe and attractive place to visit in the heart of our city.”

During the search this morning, a 36-year-old man was also arrested.

Drugs and ammunition were found by officers at the address on Isca Street.

This additional arrest is believed to be unconnected to the robbery in Piccadilly Gardens.