Man robbed at knife-point in Barrowcliff

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Scarborough police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knife-point in Barrowcliff.

At around 1pm on Tuesday (March 18) the 34-year-old victim was carrying his orange mountain bike through the alleyway between Colescliffe Road and Oxcliffe when he was approached and assaulted by two men.

One of the suspects demanded the victim’s wallet and as he went to remove it from his pocket, the two men punched him to his head and face. One of the suspects then threatened the victim with a small knife.

After taking the victim’s wallet, both suspects then ran off from the scene, running down the alleyway on to Colescliffe Road where they turned right. The victim was left with a broken nose and facial injuries.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the attack or saw the two suspects either prior to the attack or running away from the scene.

The first man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, approximately 6ft tall, with short mousey brown hair and a slightly larger than average build. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing tracksuit type clothing with stripes.

The second man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, approximately 5’9” tall, of medium build and was wearing a hat with ear flaps. Again he was wearing casual tracksuit type clothes.

Detective Sergeant Angie Carey of Scarborough CID, said: “This was a violent attack committed in broad day light in the middle of a housing estate where children were playing in the street.

“Someone must have seen or heard something and I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

“The suspects must be identified and stopped before they commit another offence which could result in someone sustaining more serious injuries.

“I appeal to anyone who saw what happened or can help identify the people responsible to call the police as a matter of urgency. If you prefer, you can remain anonymous and pass information to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Detective Constable Stephen Monty. Or email

Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140043338 when passing on information about this crime.