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Knife threat robbery in York


11:09am 28th February 2012

Detectives investigating a street robbery in York are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 8.40pm on Sunday 26 February 2012 a 21-year-old local man was robbed by two men at the riverside entrance to Marygate car park near Scarborough Bridge.

The victim was walking from the bridge when the men approached him near the concrete flood barriers and pushed him against a fence.

They threatened him with a piece of wooden fencing and claimed to have a knife before stealing a small amount of cash and an MP3 player.

The first offender is described as white, aged between 18 and 22-years-old, around 6ft tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black tracksuit and a dark-coloured woolly hat.

The second offender was older – between 35 and 45-years-old – around 5ft 6in tall with a medium build. He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood pulled up.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch. It is believed that people were in the area at the time of the robbery and may have seen something that could help the police with their enquiries.

Detective Constable Mike Avison, of York CID, said:

“Fortunately the victim wasn’t injured in this incident but being the victim of a robbery is an unpleasant experience for anybody.

“It is thought that a man on a bike and a couple pushing a pram passed along the riverside footpath at the time of the incident and may have witnessed what happened. 

“I would urge those people to come forward as they may have information vital to the investigation.

“It is also important that anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, contacts the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Mike Avison or York CID.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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