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 last Thursday when he came across three men sat on a wall.
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 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 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 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.
Detectives are urging people to contact Scarborough CID on 101.