A disabled man was attacked by an armed gang in Greater Manchester as he sat in his wheelchair.The 51-year-old was unable to escape as three men slashed his face with a wire claw type weapon and cut his chest with a craft knife on Tuesday at 0005 BST.

The man was walking his dog on Blandford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne when the trio demanded cash and cigarettes before attacking him.

Police said the victim suffered minor injuries but was left severely shaken.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and the gang fled but detectives are appealing for information to catch those responsible.

Local accent

The first offender, who carried the knife, was described as having short black hair, approximately 5ft 7in (1.5m) tall and aged between 20 and 24-years-old.

The man who used the claw type weapon was 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in (1.5m) tall, aged about 18-years-old and of slim build. Police said he spoke with a local accent.

The third was described as being 5ft 8in (1.5m) tall, with a medium build and aged between 20 and 24-years-old.

All three men are believed to be Asian and wore black hooded tops and black tracksuit bottoms.