Rampaging thugs sent five people to hospital during a terrifying spree of violent early-morning robberies.
Seven victims were attacked and robbed of their belongings in Manchester's Northern Quarter between 2am and 4am on Sunday.
The victims, aged between 20 and 60, were attacked by three men, who are still being hunted by Greater Manchester Police.
Five of the victims were taken to hospital, where some of them were still receiving treatment for their injuries on Sunday afternoon, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Police have issued an appeal for help to identify and locate the three suspects, who are believed to be aged between 20 and 40.
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Detective Sergeant Kat McKeown, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “This was a series of violent robberies during which victims have been set upon by three men intent on causing them harm.
“I’d like to assure the public that we’re currently working to identify those responsible and I’d ask that anyone with information contact police.
“We wish those who remain in hospital a speedy recovery from their injuries.”
Coun Pat Karney, Manchester council's city centre spokesman, added: "These thugs need tracking down and brought to justice.
"It's disgraceful that residents and visitors can't be safe at night in Manchester."
Mr Karney said police and the council are reviewing CCTV from the area.
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