Appeal after weekend assault and robbery

Police are investigating a hay bale fire in Scarborough.
Police are investigating a hay bale fire in Scarborough.

An appeal for witnesses has been launched following two separate incidents over the weekend of victims being pushed to the ground.

The first formed part of a robbery at 4.30am on Saturday morning.

It occurred when a 19-year-old local woman was heading along Westborough, towards the railway station.

As she stopped in the doorway of a café, two men pushed her over and stole her handbag, containing personal items and a mobile phone. The woman was not injured as a result of the incident.

PC Lee Ridsdale, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you witnessed the robbery or can help to identify those responsible, I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away.”

Later on Saturday, at 8.45pm a 40-year-old man was walking along Columbus Ravine towards Peasholm Gap when he was approached from behind and received a heavy blow to his back.

He was knocked unconscious, causing him to fall to the ground. As a result he suffered a head injury and a small cut to his face, which required medical treatment.

When the man came around, a member of the public was using his mobile phone to contact the ambulance service. However, they left the area before police officers arrived.

Police Sergeant Graeme Kynman, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you are the person that helped the man after he was assaulted, I urge you to contact the police as you may have vital information that could help to identify those responsible for the man’s injuries.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact Scarborough police on 101, press option 2 and ask for Jez Pratt. Alternatively, information can be emailed to jez.pratt@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130054621.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries into the earlier robbery in Westborough is asked to contact Scarborough police on 101, press option 2 and ask for Lee Ridsdale. Alternatively information can be emailed to lee.ridsdale@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130054422.