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Series of robberies in York


11:13am 28th November 2011
(Updated 12:57pm 28th November 2011)

Detectives in York are appealing for information following a series of robberies in the city.

The robberies all occurred between 1.10am and 5.45am on Sunday 27 November 2011.

The first incident occurred on Filey Terrace in the Clifton area, when a 38-year-old local man had his rucksack, wallet and smart phone stolen.

A robbery occurred when two men were walking on Walmgate at around 4.50am.

A 27-year-old local man had his grey satchel style bag, laptop, wallet and smart phone stolen.

A 28-year-old man from London, was also the victim of an assault in an attempted robbery.

A further incident was reported to the police which occurred on Crichton Avenue Bridge when a 53-year-old man was knocked off his bike. The robbery was thwarted by a passing taxi driver.

A 19-year-old local man was also taken to York District Hospital with serious facial injuries following an assault by two men who demanded his property.

Due to the nature of his injuries, police awaiting to interview him to establish the circumstances.

He is in a stable condition.

Two local men, aged 22 and 23, and a 22-year-old woman, have been arrested in connection with all five robberies. They are currently in police custody.

Detective Inspector Ian Dyer, of York CID, said:

“These were all nasty incidents which have naturally left the victims deeply upset and, in one case, needing treatment in hospital for serious facial injuries.

“I believe that following the robberies which took place on Walmgate, the offenders used the cycle path to head towards the Clifton area.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed any of the incidents, or may have seen the group using the cycle path, to contact York CID as a matter of urgency.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who may have been approached by men who demanded their property or money. If you can help, please get in touch with the police as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact Detective Inspector Ian Dyer at York CID on 0845 60 60 24 7. Press option 2 and ask for Ian Dyer by name. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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