Appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery
Dated: 11 Feb 2010
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with face injuries when he was attacked by a man trying to rob him.
It happend at 9am this morning, Wednesday February 10, when the man, who is in his 40s, was walking along Eden Vale, just off Durham Road near to the old railway line.
A car pulled up beside the man, the offender has got out and asked the man for his wallet. The man told the offender he didn't have a wallet on him and the offender has pulled a sharp item out his pocket and stabbed the man.
He suffered a cut to his right hand and left hand side of his cheek and received treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
The offender has then made of in the car, which was a light blue ford fiesta with a '57' registration plate.
He is described as white, 6ft tall, slim build, in his 30s, slim face and short hair. He was wearing a dark coat which was zipped up at the front.
The driver of the car is described as white, in his 30s, stocky build and blonde hair. He was wearing a green hoody with the hood up.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may have seen something.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Theaker, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "When incidents like this happen, it is understandable it raises the fear of being a victim of crime for members of the community and I'd like to reassure residents that it is rare and we are doing everything we can to find those responsible.
"We work closely with the community to make them feel safer and listen and respond to the issues which affect them the most. Anyone with any concerns or who would like advice on how they can keep themselves safer can contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team."
Anyone who was in the area at the time, or who was in the area at the time, should contact Northumbria Police's Sunderland East Neighbourhood Policing Team's CID on 03456 043 043. Or alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.