A gang held a needle to a terrified tourist’s throat and robbed him in broad daylight as he returned to his Scarborough hotel.
The 21-year-old, from London, was walking down Plantation Hill at around 3pm on Thursday (July 5) when he came across three men sat on a wall.
Within minutes he was surrounded and one of the men pulled out a syringe and held it to the victim’s throat.
Cash and a Nokia mobile phone were then stolen from the man’s jeans pockets, before the gang made off towards Valley Road.
The victim, who raised the alarm at a nearby hotel, was uninjured but left deeply traumatised by the robbery.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This was a traumatic experience for the victim and it’s important that we identify those responsible and bring them to justice as soon as possible. Anyone who can help with the investigation should contact the police without delay.”
The man with the syringe was described as being in his early 40s, with a thin build, short gingery-brown hair and long greying beard. He was wearing dark grey three-quarter-length trousers and a black v-neck t-shirt.
The second man was aged in his 40s to 50s and had unevenly shaved hair with highlights. He had a distinctive black tattoo on the left side of his neck and wore a burgundy rain jacket and dark blue jogging bottoms with a white stripe down the leg.
The third man was aged between 35 and 40 with long straggly light brown hair. He wore dark blue dirty jeans and a blue and red long-sleeved rugby shirt.
Police inquiries are ongoing and detectives are urging people to contact Scarborough CID with information on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.