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Woman left shaken after attempted robbery by knife-wielding youth

Worcester Editorial 20th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A YOUTH got away empty handed after he attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint in a St Peter’s alleyway.

The terrifying attack happened last Tuesday (January 14) about 5.20pm when a woman in her early 20s was walking from the  Tesco superstore through the alleyways which lead towards Bicton Avenue.

Police said she was then approached from behind by a young man who demanded “Give me all your money.”

The victim turned around, at which point he grabbed her with one hand and threatened her with a three-inch bladed knife with the other.

She pushed him away and he stepped back only to lunge at her and grab the necklace she was wearing, causing it to break. He made off, without the necklace, in the direction of Tesco.

The youth is described as being white, quite short at around 5ft 4ins tall, aged between 15 and 22-years-old, of slim build and with a thin face. He was wearing a black hooded waterproof jacket and grey woollen garment across the lower part of his face.

Detective Constable Julia Proctor of Worcester CID said: “Thankfully, the robber was unsuccessful and the woman survived the incident uninjured, but she has been left very shaken by her experience.

“This type of armed crime is rare in Worcester, especially somewhere like St Peter’s, so it makes me concerned that we may have in the community a young man willing to carry and threaten someone with a knife.

“We need to find him, so if anyone has any information about whom he is or if anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the St Peter’s area, please contact the police.”

DC Proctor can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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