Public Urged to be Vigilant after Robberies in Middlesbrough
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Police are urging members of the public to remain vigilant after a spate of robberies in Middlesbrough town centre and Newport.
Cash, mobile phones and jewellery have all been targeted in the incidents.
Suspects have acted friendly towards the victims at first, such as asking for a ‘high five’ or a putting their arm around someone, before in some cases forcibly removing jewellery.
The most recent incident reported to police happened on Wednesday 5th July as a man walked along Linthorpe Road around 6:10pm, when he was approached by another man who was asking for directions. The suspect then asked for a ‘high five’ as a thank you, then forcibly stole a gold bracelet from the victim’s wrist.
The suspect in this incident is described as being of Eastern European appearance, of slim build and aged 18-25 years old.
In the last four weeks, 20 robberies have been reported in the area and officers have made 15 arrests. A 27-year-old man has since been charged.
Officers say members of the public should be aware of suspicious people in the street who may come across as overly friendly or may seem inappropriate with their contact.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents or those involved are asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.