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BTP: Appeal launched after robbery at Hartford rail station

September 21, 2012, 1:30 pm

Appeal launched after robbery at Hartford rail station.

Detectives are calling on the public to help locate three youths responsible for a robbery at Hartford rail station.

Shortly after 9pm on Thursday, 13 September, a 35-year-old man from Runcorn was waiting at the Liverpool-bound platform when he was approached by three young men who arrived at the station in a dark blue people carrier or hatchback style car.

The men surrounded the victim, punched him, and threatened him with what is believed to have been a knife, before demanding cash and valuables.

Fearing for his safety the victim handed over his phone (a Samsung touchscreen) and £10 cash.

The offenders then ran back to their car and drove from the station leaving the victim uninjured, but extremely shaken.

Detective Constable Mark Douglas, of British Transport Police, said: “This appears to have been an unprovoked and random attack on a man who was simply trying to make his way home.

“We are working to locate those responsible, but I am appealing to the public for assistance.

“Two of the offenders were aged between 18-23, were about 5 6” and were skinny. One had short dark hair and was wearing a knee length blue or green Parka-style coat, whilst the other was wearing a red t-shirt.

“The third offender was about 25 years old, 5 10” and stocky. He was wearing a white t-shirt with a black stripe.

“All three spoke with local accents.”

If you have any information about the incident, or recognise the men described, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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