Man, 50, punched in the face in attempted street robbery - witnesses sought

By Ben Fitzgerald - 16 May 2019


Officers investigating a robbery which occurred in Swindon yesterday are appealing for witnesses to get in touch.

At approximately 10.20pm, a 50-year-old man was waiting at the bus stop in County Road near to the junction with Colbourne Street having done some shopping at Tesco, when he was approached by a man who came from the direction of Manchester Road. 

The man initially asked for a cigarette, before demanding money. 

When the victim told him he didn’t have any and walked off along Colbourne Street, he was followed by the man who punched him in the face. 

The man looked through the victim’s bags before running off in the direction of County Road. Fortunately, nothing was stolen. 

The suspect is described as white, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall. He was wearing a navy blue baseball cap, a navy blue Fred Perry t-shirt and blue jeans. His speech is described as being slurred and he had no obvious accent. 

PC Beckie Diamon said: “The victim sustained cuts and severe swelling to his eye as a result of the incident, and required stitches. He was left feeling shaken up. 

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around County Road and Colbourne Street yesterday evening who may be able to help us identify the person involved. It is believed that there was another man at the bus stop when the victim was initially approached by the man and we would be keen to speak to him.

“We also believe a man in a vehicle stopped and spoke to the victim after the incident and we need to speak to this person as well.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190046676.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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