Appeal after Elderly Man is Robbed in Norton

Police are appealing for information after a vulnerable 85-year-old man was robbed in Norton.

The incident happened at around 5.20pm on Saturday 23rd June as the victim walked over the road bridge above the railway line closest to Lidl on Junction Road.

Two male suspects who were riding pedal bikes approached the man and a struggle ensued before they stole his black back pack and his Tweed jacket, although the jacket was later recovered by police.

Fortunately the man was not physically injured.

The back pack contained sentimental items including an original newspaper cutting from the man’s wedding to his wife in 1960. It also contained a small A5-sized satchel with documents inside.

The suspects are described as two white males aged in their early thirties. One was around 5ft 8” tall, he had a shaved head and was wearing a light blue T-shirt which could have possibly been a football shirt. Both were riding pedal cycles.

On behalf of the victim, his two daughters Katie Lunn and Clare Palmer, said: “Dad lives at home with Alzheimer’s and is supported by his family. He would make regular trips to see our mam, his wife of 58 years, who lives in a local care home. This incident has left an already vulnerable, elderly man anxious and afraid to leave his home.”

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Pete Lillie from Stockton Operational Crime Team, said: “This is an appalling crime targeting a vulnerable, elderly man in broad daylight. The victim tried to stop his belongings from being stolen but unfortunately the suspects managed to get away with personal and sentimental items.

“Junction Road is busy with motorists and I would appeal for anyone who may have been travelling along this road around the time of the incident who may have information or may have dash cam footage of those responsible to get in touch.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Pete Lillie from Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 113184. Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.