Man robbed of his wallet at knifepoint

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A MAN and a woman had their wallet and purse stolen in two separate robberies in south east Northumberland on Sunday night.

Police believe the robberies, carried out between 11.17pm and 11.37pm, could be linked.

The first took place near the Snowy Owl pub in Cramlington.

A 48-year-old man standing at a bus stop was threatened and forced to hand over his wallet by two men armed with a knife.

The robbers pulled up alongside him in a car and brandished the knife at him, leaving him with a cut to his hand.

The man was treated at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital and later discharged.

The second robbery took place almost ten miles away in Milburn Road, Ashington.

A car pulled up alongside a 49-year-old woman, and a man jumped out and forced her to hand over her purse. She was not injured in the incident.

One of the offenders is described as white, in his early 20s and of stocky build, with short, light-coloured hair and wearing a light-coloured top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

No description has been provided of the car’s driver.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, of the police’s Northumberland area command, said: “We’ve been carrying out a number of inquiries and have spoken to witnesses.

“There is a potential these incidents may be linked, and we’re progressing investigations into both.

“Anybody who has information regarding these incidents should contact police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”