THREE thugs robbed and attacked a man as he walked down a main road in Hartlepool.
The 28-year-old victim was making his way on foot down Grange Road, in the town centre, and was nearing the junction with Grosvenor Street when he was approached by the trio.
The victim exchanged words with the gang before he was pushed to the ground and kicked by the yobs.
A passerby, a woman who was walking her dog, saw what happened and shouted at the group who then grabbed the man’s shopping bag and ran off.
The attack left the victim with minor injuries to his wrist and shoulder.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police appealed for anyone with any information about the robbery, which happened at 5.45pm on Friday, November 27, to come forward.
She said: “Police are appealing for information after a 28-year-old man was robbed while walking along Grange Road in Hartlepool.
“Three unknown men approached him, they exchanged words and the victim was pushed to the ground and kicked. He was left with minor injuries to his wrist and shoulder.
“Police believe the men may have been seen walking along St Paul’s Road at around 6.20pm that evening.
“We would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
The first suspect is described as being white, around 18 to 19 years old, around 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, with short dark wavy hair, and was wearing grey jogging pants and a blue sweatshirt.
The second is said to have been white, aged around 20-years-old, about 6ft-tall, of medium build, wearing a black jacket, dark tracksuit bottoms and a black baseball hat.
The third man did not join the attack and the victim could not give a description.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on (0800) 555 111.