Robber fled after being punched by victim in Peterlee

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A WOULD-BE robber chose the wrong person to pick on when he tried to steal a wallet.

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery on a dog walker.

The incident happened at around 11.30pm on Saturday, as the victim, aged in his mid-20s, was walking his dog along the path near Peterlee Cricket and Social Club on Helford Road.

Police say the man was approached by a man wearing a black tracksuit who demanded he hand over his wallet.

Officers say the dog walker refused, and the other man threw a punch at his face.

The victim then threw a punch in return and the would-be robber fled when two other men, who are thought to have been making their way home from the nearby Hearts of Oak pub, came across to intervene.

The suspect is described as very thin, around 5ft 9in-ft 10in tall and judging by his accent sounded local.

The tracksuit had a white pinstripe running down each arm and leg.

The victim suffered only a minor injury.

PC Glen Davies, of Peterlee Police, said he was keen to hear from the two men who stepped in to help. He added: “We think they may have been making their way in the direction of Oakerside Drive and saw what they initially assumed was a fight.

“As we do not have their details we would ask them to get in touch if they can help our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.