Two men attacked as police hunt Hatfield muggers

PUBLISHED: 17:39 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 18:07 31 October 2011

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A GANG of thugs are believed to be behind two separate muggings in Hatfield.

Two men were robbed within hours of each other as they both walked home from nights out on Wednesday evening last week.

The first attack happened at about 10.20pm on Bishops Rise on October 26.

The victim was approached from behind by two men, who punched him, pushed him to the floor and then kicked him.

They tried to take his wallet from his pocket, but ran off when a female passer-by shouted at them.

The offenders escaped towards The Downs.

Both suspects have been described as black, about 6ft tall and wearing grey hooded tops.

Just hours later, a second man was robbed while walking down an alleyway off Roehyde Way at around 3am on Thursday, October 27.

This time, the victim was approached by a man who asked him the time, before demanding his BlackBerry Curve mobile phone.

Two other men then appeared and surrounded the victim, who took the SIM card out of his phone before handing it over. The attackers then searched his pockets and took coins, throwing some across the ground.

One of the thieves also took his silver, blue-faced Casio watch, before all three men walked off towards Tudor Court.

The first suspect is described as black or Asian, aged 18 to 25, with a slim build, dark hair and about 5ft 9ins tall. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper with red writing.

The other two men are described as black or Asian.

Police now believe the attacks are linked, and are appealing for help in tracking down the criminals.

Pc Emma Summers said: “These two incidents were unpleasant ordeals for the victims, who fortunately were not injured.

“As the suspect descriptions and methods used are similar, we are currently linking both incidents.

“I am appealing for anyone who might have been in the area at the time and either seen the incident or people acting suspiciously in the area beforehand to come forward.”


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