Disabled Peterborough man fought off knife wielding robber

A disabled man fought off a robber who threatened him with a knife in a Peterborough park.

Thursday, 16th June 2016, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:38 pm
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The 61-year-old victim was travelling through Werrington Park on his mobility scooter at about 3.30pm on Monday (June 13) when a man jumped out of bushes near Church Street.

He was holding a knife and demanded money and the victim’s watch.

However, he refused to hand them over and struck the man with his walking stick. The man made off towards Hastings Road.

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He was described as white, with tanned skin, 23 or 24, slim and between 5’4” and 5’9”, with mousey brown hair and stubble. He was wearing a grey hooded top, blue jeans and dark trainers.

DC Sarah Phillips said: “This was a cowardly crime against a vulnerable man who bravely defended himself.

“I am keen to catch this person as soon as possible and I would urge anyone who recognises the description to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Phillips, at Thorpe Wood Police Station, on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.