Dated: 06 Apr 2011
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Gateshead.
The incident happened at around 10.35pm, on Monday, April 4.
The male victim was walking from the High Fell Social Club along Old Durham Road next to Stavordale Terrace when he was approached by a man holding an Gurkha Kukri-style knife and asking for money. When the victim refused, the offender made off up Stavordale Terrace before running down a back lane towards Baden Powell Street.
The victim was not injured but shaken by the incident.
The offender is described as white with a dark complexion, aged between 23 to 25, around five feet eight/nine inches tall with a round face. He was wearing a grey hooded-top covered by a dark leather style, waist length jacket.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
DCI Mark Warcup of Gateshead Area Command said: "I would appeal to any witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone in the area at the time who may have seen a man carrying a shiny curved knife, described by the victim as like an ornament; their information could greatly help with enquiries."
Anyone with information on the incident should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.