Pizza delivery drivers lured to knife-point robbings with fake orders in Hartlepool

Lakeland Walk
Lakeland Walk

Police are hunting a knife robber who has targeted two pizza-delivery drivers who were lured by false orders.

Cleveland Police are investigating two robberies of pizza delivery drivers, with one terrifying incident seeing the victim having a knife put to his throat.

Lakeland Walk

Lakeland Walk

A 31-year-old man was robbed in Barbara Mann Court where the victim was approached by an unknown man who held a knife to his throat while he was out of his car delivering a pizza to an address.

It came after a false order was placed at the address, on Monday at 9.20pm.

The victim of the robbery was unhurt, but the suspect made off with the small amount of cash takings.

A similar incident in Lakeland Walk, Hartlepool, and police are investigating any potential links.

Lakeland Walk

Lakeland Walk

The 21-year-old man was robbed while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle at around 10.20pm on Saturday night.

The driver was approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded money before making off with substantial amount of cash towards Borrowdale Street/Windermere Road.

A resident in the street said it was believed the driver had been lured to a house in the street by a fake delivery order and his attacker had been lying in wait when he arrived, adding: “Somebody had got the pizza driver to make a delivery to the house and then taken his money.”

Police are working with the licensing team to warn all takeaway shops in the Hartlepool area about these incidents and for delivery drivers to be extra vigilant.

Lakeland Walk

Lakeland Walk

The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in, of medium build and aged between 25 to 30-years-old and he was wearing a grey top with a hood and black shorts.

Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Phillip Agar on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.