A 17-year-old boy was repeatedly hit with a metal bar and a chair leg before being stripped naked in an attack in Greater Manchester.I presume he means the stripping naked part? As muggings of young men aren't exactly unknown.
Det Con Robert Ashurst, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This was a terrifying experience for the victim, who is really young.
"He has been subjected to a cruel and vicious attack for the sake of just £11, but I'd like to stress that incidents like this are thankfully rare."
But that phrase, 'thankfully rare', crops up A LOT in police statements. For instance, also 'thankfully rare' are these crimes:
A taxi driver sexually assaulting a lone female in his cab
A honeypot lure that resulted in murder, not just mugging
A case of dangerous driving that led to two deaths
Two gangs clash and bullets fly
Machete wielding robbers
Another mugging of a young man (though without the stripping naked bit)
In fact, it seems the only thing that isn't rare is that phrase. Has it replaced "'ello, 'ello, 'ello, what's goin' on 'ere, then?" in the modern police phrasebook?