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26 November 2013, 16:44 | Updated: 26 November 2013, 16:58
A 37 year-old man's suffered a "vicious attack" after having cash and cigarettes stolen during a robbery in Bedford this morning (Nov 26).
Bedfordshire Police have told Heart, just after midnight, the victim was walking home from work along Iddesleigh Road, Bedford.
As he approached the junction of Howard Place he was approached by the offender - described as being a white male of Eastern European appearance, of large build and wearing dark jogging bottoms and a light coloured hooded top - who demanded his mobile phone. When the victim refused, he was punched several times by his attacker before being robbed. The offender then fled towards Howard Place.
Detective Constable Luke Moore, who is investigating the robbery has told Heart he's keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident taking place or saw the offender fleeing afterwards: "This was a vicious assault and robbery which has left the victim with some nasty injuries to his face. I would like to speak with any witnesses who may have seen the attack but I’m particularly keen to speak with the driver of a car who passed the incident as it was taking place. This person may hold some valuable information about the attacker and I would urge them to come forward."
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Moore, in confidence, on 01234 275011, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org