Man attacked with knife in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 December 2011

Police want to speak to second potential witness.

Police want to speak to second potential witness.

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Can you help detectives trace the two men who attempted to rob a man in Exmouth? call 101, quoting crime reference KE/11/3213 with information.

Detectives are hunting two ‘pathetic’ robbers who were knocked to the ground by their victim when one pulled out a knife in a failed attack in Exmouth.

Detective Constable Michael Chalmers, at Exmouth CID, has launched an appeal for witnesses after the failed robbery at 5.40pm, on Saturday, December 10, near traffic lights at the top of Bradham Lane, at the junction with Salterton Road, close to the entrance of the cycle path.

DC Chalmers is appealing to anyone who may have driven past the trio of men, or who spotted two men running away from the scene, to get in touch.

He said: “This is a despicable and cowardly attack by two pathetic individuals who need to be caught before they commit a more serious crime and hurt somebody.

The victim had been using his mobile phone, listening to music and updating his Facebook page, when he was approached by two men who demanded he hand it over. Refusing to part with his phone, one of the culprits threatened the victim with a knife.

The victim punched the man in the face and he fell to the ground like ‘a sack of spuds’. The second robber was also knocked to the ground when he tried to grab the victim.

DC Chalmers said: “In self defence, he lawfully protected himself and fought off his attackers. He then carried on about his business with his phone, while they ran off.”

The police have released a description of the two men described by the victim as the attempted robbers.

The first male was 5ft 10ins tall, aged in his early 20s, of medium build. He had dark, gelled, spiky hair, about three or four inches long.

The second man, also in his early 20s, was 6ft 2ins tall, skinny and wearing a short-length black skiing jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

On his head was a dark-coloured baseball cap with a NY Yankees logo on the front – a capital N merged into a Y.

If you have any information about the crime, contact DC Chalmers on 101, quoting crime reference KE/11/3213.

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