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Attempted robbery in Gateshead

27 Jan 2015 15:46 PM

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Update 27/01/15 5pm

Police investigating an attempted robbery on a disabled man in Gateshead are continuing to appeal for information.

It happened around 6.30pm, on Sunday, January 25, on Hillside Place, when the victim was approached by another man who pushed him to the ground and demanded money. However, the offender made off empty handed.

The victim - Alan Barnes, aged 67 - suffered a broken collar bone as a result of the incident for which he's received hospital treatment.

His disability means he is partially sighted and is just 4ft 6ins tall.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the person responsible to contact them as soon as possible.

DC Chris Neil, Gateshead CID, said: "This was a cowardly assault on a vulnerable man who wasn't able to defend himself. His disability means he is partially sighted and quite short and it's disgraceful that someone would target him.

"The victim is quite a well known man in the area and this has left him extremely distressed.

"We're doing everything we can to trace the suspect and I would urge anyone who saw this attempted robbery or who has information about the person responsible to get in touch."

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1180 25/01/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

26/01/15

Police are appealing for information following an attempted robbery in Gateshead.

The incident happened around 6.30pm, on Sunday, January 25, on Hillside Place.

The 67-year-old victim was approached by another man who pushed him to the ground and demanded money. However, the offender made off empty handed.

The victim suffered a broken collar bone as a result of the incident for which he's received hospital treatment.

Investigations are continuing today.

Detective Sergeant Andy Groundwater, from Gateshead CID, said: "This incident involved a vulnerable victim who not only has been left with physical injuries, but also understandably, has been affected emotionally.

"We are carrying out house to house enquiries today to gather information but also to offer reassurance to residents living in the area.

"Our investigations are ongoing and we're keen to speak to anyone who may be able to assist.

"Any witnesses or anyone with information should come forward."

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1180 25/01/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.