Appeal after robbery and attempted robbery
Dated: 07 Apr 2011
Police are appealing for information after a robbery and an attempted robbery in Gateshead.
Between 1.20pm and 1.25pm on Tuesday, April 5, a 39-year-old woman on Coatsworth Road was approached by a man from behind who attempted to grab her mobile phone. He then ran off empty handed towards Bensham Road.
The same man then approached a 19-year-old woman on Bensham Road and grabbed her earphones. Following a struggle he made off, with several of her belongings, towards the town centre past the Windmills Park Nursing Home.
The offender is described as white, between 20 to 25-years-old with a thin face, 5 feet 8 inches tall and of a medium build with short dark hair. He was wearing a tracksuit top with white stripes down the sleeves and washed-out jeans.
Both women were shaken, but uninjured.
Anyone who saw either of these incidents, or the man described, in the Bensham Road area or who may be able to identify him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.