A MAN who was arrested in connection with a spate of robberies in Horwich has been bailed.

He was questioned by officers earlier this week but has been released until early March pending further inquiries.

The incidents took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Five people were targeted between 2.15am and 4.55am.

In the first, in Pennine Road, a 19- year-old was placed in a headlock, threatened with a knife and robbed of his wallet.

At 3am, another 19- year-old, in Victoria Road, was told he would be stabbed if he did not hand over his belongings.

Between 3.15am and 4am, also in Victoria Road, two 17-yearolds were threatened with a knife and robbed of their wallets and other belongings.

The final robbery happened between 4am and 4.10am in Chorley New Road, near St Joseph’s School. A 15-year-old boy was put in a headlock and robbed of his bag.

Police believe two or three people may be responsible for the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, 0161 856 5763, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111