25/05/2019

Appeal after baby threatened during Normanby robbery

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a baby was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Normanby.

The incident happened between 5pm and 6pm on Friday (May 24) as the victim, a woman in her 40s, was taking her 19-month-old grandson for a walk.

She was pushing the pushchair along the footpath in the wooded area off Ormesby Road, Normanby, when a man came out of the bushes in front of her and demanded her purse.

When the victim refused the man produced a knife and placed it to her grandchild’s throat. The victim then handed over her purse and the man ran off towards Normanby High Street. Fortunately the child was not injured.

The victim has described the suspect to police as an ‘Asian male’ with ‘very bad teeth’ and a ‘foreign accent’.

He is further described as aged in his 20s (20-25), around 6ft tall, with a medium build and short black hair. He was wearing a black tracksuit with one red stripe down the side and a black leather belt with a pouch around his waist. He was wearing black and gold ‘Nike’ brand trainers.

DC Lewis Mackfall, said: “This was clearly a terrifying incident for the victim and very distressing as it involved a threat of violence against her grandchild.

“We’re appealing for anyone who might have seen a man matching this description to speak to us urgently by calling 101 with reference number 086712.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 086712.