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7 March 2011, 14:27
Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a robbery in Hitchin which occurred between 3am and 3.15am Sunday, March 5.
The victim, a 17-year-old who had been walking towards the town centre from Cambridge Road, was approached by the offender who was walking in the opposite direction. The offender threatened to punch the victim if he didn't hand over his mobile phone. At this point the victim ran down Nightingale Road.
The offender caught up with him near to McDonalds opposite the Nightingale pub and again demanded the victim hand over his phone. He refused and attempted to call the police at which point he was punched to the face. The offender took the mobile and ran towards the town centre.
The offender is described as a white man, aged between 17 and 18-years-old, approximately 5ft 11ins tall and of a medium build. He spoke with a local accent, had short light brown hair and shaved stripes across one eyebrow. He was wearing a grey hooded top and dark bottoms.
PC David Marr from the Local Crime Unit at Hitchin Police Station is investigating and said: "Following the incident the victim flagged down a taxi to call police. During this time two females approached him and asked him for a lighter and checked whether he was ok. I would like to appeal to these people to contact police.
"We know there were some other people in the area at the time and I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about what happened, anyone who knows who is responsible and anyone who has been offered a Nokia express mobile phone for sale under suspicious circumstances to contact police."