Appeal after 94-year-old man targeted by a thief

17 Aug 2017 15:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a 94-year-old man was targeted by a thief.

The incident happened at around 2.30pm last Wednesday (Aug 9) when the pensioner arrived at his home in Holly Court in the West End of Newcastle.

He had been on the number 11 Stagecoach bus before getting off on Stamfordham Road.

A man also got off at the same stop and followed the man to his home at which point the pensioner was sprayed with tomato sauce.

The man offered to help clean it up, claiming it was an accident, at which point around £485 cash was stolen from his trouser pocket.

He then fled the scene shortly before the pensioner realised he had been the victim of a theft and contacted police.

Enquiries to identify the man responsible are on-going and police are now appealing for help from the public to trace him.

The offender is described as white, aged in his 30s or 40s, of stocky build, a round face, wearing a grey coat and spoke with a non-local accent.

Anyone who saw the men on the afternoon of the theft, or anyone who thinks they can assist the police, should contact police on 101 quoting reference 095266D/17, by emailing or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.