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Man hurt in Barrow baseball bat gang attack

[P]olice are investigating a report of a street robbery and assault. The incident occurred around 9.00pm on Thursday, 18th January, outside an address on St Luke Street, Barrow.

The victim, a 29-year-old local man, was attacked from behind as he was walking towards the Moorfield Street junction. He was brought to the floor by four or five males. One of the males was carrying a baseball bat.

The victim sustained minor cuts and bruising after he received kicks and punches to the head and body. An amount of money was also stolen and he was left badly shaken. He is receiving support from officers.

The suspects fled the scene, it is believed they ran onto Cambridge Street and headed towards Risedale Road.

One of the suspects is described as male and wearing a red, hooded top, a second is described as male and wearing a black jacket.

Investigations are ongoing with police speaking to local residents.

Detective Sergeant Mike Wallace of South Cumbria CID Said: “This incident appears to be isolated and investigations continue to establish if there was a motive. There is no evidence to suggest the bat was used to physically attack the victim.  We are fully investigating this incident, they do not happen often in Cumbria. I urge members of the public seeing this appeal who have any information to contact police or Crimestoppers.”

Police are appealing to local residents or persons in the area at the time, or anyone with any information regarding this incident, who have not already spoken to the police, to contact Detective Constable 0574 Jon Reed on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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