Police probe ‘linked’ robbery and assault

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POLICE are investigating two linked crimes that saw three boys robbed and a Good Samaritan assaulted.

The teens, all aged 14, were sitting on a grassy bank when they noticed two men and two women walking on the opposite side of the A61 Derby Road in Tupton, Chesterfield, at about 10pm on Thursday July 21.

Ten minutes later the two men walked back towards the boys, who were frightened and ran off on to Nethermoor Lane, but they continued to follow them,

At the top of the hill one man grabbed a boy and threatened him. The men then walked off towards the Royal Oak pub before approaching the boys again, assaulting them and stealing their mobile phones.

After the men fled, jumping over the wall of Auto Cars, a male passer by heard what happened and went to look for the offendors.

He saw two men at Coupe Lane, Holmgate, and approached them to ask them if they were responsible. The men threatened and assaulted him before leaving.

The three boys and the male passer by received minor injuries.

One suspect was white, five feet 10 inches tall, of stocky build and was in his mid twenties. He was wearing a light grey Nike crew neck jumper with Nike tick motif on chest, a knitted hat with a peak and the sides pulled down to cover most of his face and dark coloured gloves

The second man was also white, in his early twenties, of slim build, and six feet tall. He was wearing a purple/blue hooded top with Cross Hatch in white writing across his chest. His hood was up and pulled tightly around his face. He also wore fingerless dark coloured gloves.

Anyone who has any information about the incidents should contact Clay Cross CID on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.