A MAN was robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight in Scarborough.
The 23-year-old was grabbed from behind and had a blade held to his throat by one man as a second robber demanded cash, which the victim had been given for Christmas.
Police are now searching for the robbers, who struck near the top of William Street car park on Boxing Day afternoon and fled on to James Street or Castle Road.
DC Ryan Chapman, who is leading the investigation, said yesterday: “It is a serious incident. The victim had a straight-edged blade held to his throat. He was obviously very frightened.
“He’s just gone out to meet his friends. It’s not what you expect, especially at that time of day. Because it was Boxing Day they might have thought he would have money on him.”
The robbery happened in an isolated alleyway which leads from Regent Street on to the top of William Street car park.
CCTV is currently being examined in the hunt for the culprits, who are both described as black or mixed-race, around 5ft 10in tall and in their 20s.
One is believed to have been wearing a black all-in-one tracksuit, while the other was said to have been wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a grey hoodie.
The incident occurred between 1pm and 1.35pm.The victim handed over around £50 to the two men.
Police have stressed they believe the robbery was an isolated incident. But they dealt with several public-order incidents on Boxing Day. In the evening several arrests were made in the town centre after alcohol-fuelled crimes were reported.
Around half-a-dozen people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly while police were also called to deal with a series of drunken assaults.
If anyone has any information on the robbery, they are asked to call police on 101, select option two and ask for DC 1856 Chapman. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111.