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Knifepoint Robbery of disabled man

Police in Blackburn are appealing for witnesses after a knifepoint robbery which occurred Gorse Street last week

The victim was a 33-year-old disabled man with learning difficulties, he was approached by a man at arround 3.30pm on Sunday 3rd of November as he walked along Gorse Street.

The offender then produced a knife, threatened the victim and stole his mobile phone described as a white Samsung Galaxy S3.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the offence or anyone who may have any information which may lead the the identify of the suspect.

Police have released two CCTV images.

Detective Sergeant Eric Halford of Blackburn CID is “This is a really despicable offence. The victim is physically disabled and has some learning difficulties and we believe the offender has clearly targeted him because of these factors.

“The location of the offence was on the brow of the hill on Gorse Street, immediately behind the Tesco filling station which will have been relatively busy at that time of day so I am certain there will have been people in the area that could have seen what happened.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed what the robbery and who might be able to identify the offender. It is important people look to their conscience in this case and if they know who may have done this or have unwittingly bought a mobile phone that matches the description then they need to let us know”.

Officers have released stills of a man they want to speak with in relation to the offence. He has been described as being white skinned and in his late teens or early 20’s, short, approximately 5 feet 5 inches in height and of a slim build with short dark hair.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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