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Police appeal for witnesses following robberies in Glossop

Posted on 14th July 2017

We are appealing for information – and asking residents to be vigilant - after two mobile phone robbery incidents against school children in Glossop.

The first incident took place between 3.15pm and 3.20pm on Wednesday, July 12, halfway along the footpath that runs under Dinting Viaduct connecting Dinting Road (and Station) and the A57. Two males on a motorbike approached a 15-year-old boy before demanding and stealing his mobile phone.

Both riders were described as skinny white men, aged 20-30. One spoke with a northern accent and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, a black open-faced helmet, sunglasses and cycling gloves. The description of the second offender is more limited, although he was also described as also wearing gloves and sunglasses.

The bike was rough hand painted black with orange paint showing through the petrol cap.

For this incident, officers are particularly keen to speak to two men that walked down the hill passed the incident.

The second incident occurred between 3.25pm and 3.35pm, also on Wednesday, July 12 on Vale House Drive in the Hadfield area of Glossop. A motorbike with two riders stopped alongside two 13-year-olds, one girl and one boy, before the driver got off the bike and demanded mobile phones. The offenders then rode off, turning left out of Vale House Drive.

This bike is described as completely black with orange on the wheels. Both males on the bike are described as being white, 25-30 years of age wearing black helmets, black glasses and black motorbike boots. One of the males had a small ginger beard/moustache.

DC James Kennedy said: “We are keen to speak to any witnesses to either incident or to anyone with information that may assist our enquiries.

“Our message to the community, particularly to young people on their way home from school, is to be careful. Pay attention to your surroundings, try not to draw attention to expensive items such as mobile phones and keep them out of sight when not in use.

“We are working hard to stop those who think they can use threats or violence to take property from other people.”

Witnesses to either incident or anyone with information should call DC James Kennedy on 101.The reference to quote for the Dinting Viaduct footpath incident is 17000296866. The reference to quote for the Vale House Drive incident is 17000288633.

Alternatively, send DC Kennedy a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Derbyshire Constabulary are also aware of a separate similar incident that took place on Market Street, Hollingworth at 3.40pm on the same day and are liaising with Greater Manchester Police throughout the ongoing investigation.

 Personal robbery prevention advice:

  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • Know where you are going, walk confidently and with purpose
  • Don’t be distracted by your phone or headphones
  • Stick to busy, high visibility areas
  • Where possible, don’t walk alone
  • Keep bags and pockets zipped and secure
  • Register mobile phones with Immobilise, the UK national property register, free at www.immobilise.com

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.