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Couple Threatened With Broken Bottle
A couple walking their dogs in Poole have escaped unhurt after a man threatened them with a broken bottle and demanded they ahnd over money.
Police in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the attempted robbery in the town centre.
It happened along Levets Lane between 11.20pm and 11.40pm on Sunday, 8 May 2011.
The 47-year-old victim and her husband, both from Poole, were not injured.
Police Constable Marc Chubb, of Poole police, said:
“The victims were walking their dogs in the Old Town area of Poole when they were approached by a man who threatened them with violence and demanded money.
“The couple refused to hand anything over and the offender made off empty handed.”
The robber is white, aged in his late teens or early twenties and of a slim build. He was wearing a grey hooded top, with the hood pulled up, a white baseball cap, loose fitting trousers and possibly red trainers.
PC Chubb continued:
“This was an extremely distressing incident and it is important that anyone with any information about the offender contacts Dorset Police immediately.
“Anyone who witnessed this attempted robbery, and anyone who recalls any suspicious behaviour in the Old Town area on Sunday, 8 May 2011, should contact us - in confidence - urgently.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 8:616. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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