Leeds river bank knife robber hunted

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A knife-wielding raider chased away by his intended victim is believed to be linked to two earlier robberies.

Now in a bid to identify the robber police have released a series of pictures of a man filmed by closed-circuit TV cameras on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool near Leeds city centre.

The man pictured was caught on camera on Wednesday morning after the knife brandishing robber ran off after threatening his 44-year-old male victim with the weapon.

The incident occurred around 8.35am on the canal towpath near to Lock Three, which is located just off Wellington Street and close to the junction with Wellington Place.

After threatening his victim with with a four to six inch kitchen knife, the robber demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. The victim then challenged the would-be robber who turned and ran towards the City Island complex and Gotts Road. It’s believed he left the area via Whitehall Road.

The man with the knife is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall and of skinny build with dark brown hair and facial stubble. At the time he was wearing a Nike light grey hooded top.

Police are probing two similar incidents earlier in the month around the same location.

On January 3 around 5.30pm, two suspects robbed a 43-year-old man. when they punched him in the face before taking his wallet. The suspects were both white about 5ft 10in tall and wore dark hooded tops.

The next day around 7.45pm, a 22-year-old man was threatened with a knife by two men who took his wallet, iphone and ipod Touch. They were both white and around 6ft tall.

Patrols by uniformed officers have been increased along the canal side. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC McKean at Holbeck CID via: 101 or call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

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