18/04/2016 Middlesbrough

Appeal for Witnesses Following Two Robberies in Middlesbrough

Police are appealing for information after two robberies occurred on Saturday 16th April and Sunday 17th April.

The first robbery occurred at around 9:20pm on Saturday 16th April when a boy and girl, both aged 15, got off the train at James Cook Station in Middlesbrough. Another man aged between 20-30-years-old also got off the train. All three had boarded the wrong train and went to look for a bus stop.

The two 15-year-olds asked two males for directions on the bridge at the station. Those two males, described as being aged around 18 or 19, then chased all three victims into the Park End Estate which caused them to separate. One of the attackers then used a bat to assault the 15-year-old boy.

A male member of the public, described as aged in his late 30s and wearing a vest, confronted the two male attackers who then made off.

The attackers returned shortly after and assaulted the 15-year-old boy again before stealing his wallet and phone.

The boy then made his way to a nearby house with the 15-year-old girl and a kind woman drove them to a police station.

The boy did not require hospital treatment but he did suffer bruising and soreness to his back.

Police would like to speak with the man who walked with the two 15-year-olds to find the bus stop, and the two members of the public who helped the victims, as they may be able to assist with enquires.

The second robbery took place on Sunday 17th April at an ice-cream van on Eppling Avenue in Park End, Middlesbrough, at around 1:30pm where cash and goods were taken from the van. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in relation to the incident on Eppling Avenue. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who may have information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Louise Sproson on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.