Knifepoint robbery in Leeds City rail station

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Detectives are hunting a raider armed with a knife who robbed a Good Samaritan at Leeds City railway station.

The man had offered to lend a stranger £10 towards his railfare after listening to an explanation that he had no money and wanted urgently to get back to Manchester.

The victim was forced to withdraw £250 from a cash machine at knifepoint at Leeds railway station.

Now British Transport detectives have issued this picture of a man who could hold vital information.

The man from Huddersfield who was taken advantage of was approached by the stranger at the station at 1.30am on Saturday June 11. The man asked for help with his train fare home to Manchester and the generous 23-year-old offered to give him £10 towards his fare.

But when he walked to the cash machine in the station main concourse, the other man suddenly ordered him to withdraw a large amount and showed a knife in his pocket to back-up his demands.

Det Con Gary Heseltine said: “Fearing for his safety, the victim handed over further money from his account. Before the man left the scene, he also stole the victim’s mobile and wallet.”

“This man had a well thought out, premeditated plan to threaten his victim.

“It was a cowardly attack on a man who was alone and although no violence was used, a serious threat was made which could have had severe consequences, I’d ask anyone who recognises the man pictured who is believed to have key information, to come forward and contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B8/NEA of 30/06/2011 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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