19/02/2016 Hartlepool

29-Year-Old Man Threatened with Knife in Attempted Robbery in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after a 29-year-old man was threatened at knife point in an attempted robbery in a layby on the A179, near to the A19 in the Hartlepool area.

The incident occurred on Wednesday 17th February at around 2.15pm when the victim pulled into the layby to take a phone call and noticed a man who appeared to be looking for help.

The male approached the victim’s car and spoke to him in broken English and asked him for petrol.

As the victim reached for his wallet, the male pulled a knife out of his pocket and attempted to steal the wallet.

The victim managed to accelerate away. He was uninjured, but was shaken up.

The suspect is described as of Eastern European appearance with a bald, shaven head, stubble beard, aged around 40-years-old and around 5 ft 7” tall. He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit and he was stood near to a dark blue Vauxhall Zafira which possibly had a 52 registration plate.

Police would like any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the identity of the suspect to contact PC Peter Doherty on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org