Fresh appeal after attempted robbery

02 Feb 2015 12:05 PM

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Police investigating an attempted robbery on disabled man Alan Barnes just over a week ago have made a fresh appeal for information.

It happened around 6.30pm, on Sunday, January 25, on Hillside Place in Gateshead, when the victim was approached by another man who pushed him to the ground and demanded money.

However, the offender made off empty handed.

Mr 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 continuing to appeal for anyone who has information about the person responsible to contact them as soon as possible.

DC Chris Neil said: "The investigation into the incident is ongoing and I'd like to reassure people we are determined to find the man who did this to Mr Barnes.

"It has left him feeling vulnerable, but thankfully he has seen the kindness of others who are helping him through his plight.

"But the main thing for us is to find the person responsible for this cowardly assault against a man unable to defend himself and we need the public's help.

"We do not have a description or direction of travel of the offender but someone will know something about the man involved.

"We do have potential forensic evidence which we've recovered, so I'd urge people to get in touch with information, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be, it could prove to be vital.

"It could be people in the area of Hillside Place have private CCTV which may have captured important information. I'd ask anyone with information to get in touch with us, anonymously if necessary."

Police can be contacted on 101, ext 69191, quoting log number 1180 25/01/15, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.