Hunt for pair after two violent robbery bids in Plymouth park
DETECTIVES are hunting two men believed to be responsible for two violent robbery attempts in a city park.
On Sunday night at around 9.20pm a 28-year-old man was walking through Freedom Fields Park when he was struck from behind, knocked to the ground and then kicked while on the floor.
The victim told police the offenders demanded money but did not attempt to rifle through his pockets. The victim, suffering a swollen cheek and cut nose, was able to get to his feet and flee his assailants who did not pursue him.
At around 10.45pm a 24-year-old man who was also using the park as a cut-through was attacked. Wearing headphones and listening to music he did not hear the pair approaching, but only recalls being hit from behind and knocked to the ground. There he was kicked and money was demanded of him. He also managed to get to his feet but as he ran he was chased by one of his attackers. He was able to evade them and suffered only a bloody nose and a cut lip.
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The first victim said one of his attackers was a white man, around 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was aged between 35 and 40 years and was bald with a round face. He wore a black zip-up jacket and dark jeans.
He said the second man was white but could give no further description.
The second victim was unable to give any kind of description of the suspects.
Police believe the cases are linked due to the location and similarity of the robbery attempts and are asking for anyone who was in the area who may have seen two men acting suspiciously to come forward.
A police spokesman said: "We have stepped up patrols in the area and gone door to door. We would advise people to be vigilant while walking through the city's parks at night and consider their personal security, especially if they are unable to hear due to using headphones."
If you can assist police, contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference numbers EC/12/9659 and EC/12/9663.