Beds Police are appealing for witnesses following a street robbery which took place in Leighton in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The incident happened at around 3am as a 23-year-old man was walking along Heath Road near the junction with Hillside.
He was approached by three white men who asked if he had a lighter. The victim said no and carried on walking but the yobs then demanded that he hand over his wallet and mobile phone before pushing him to the ground and kicking him.
The trio then snatched the victim’s Nokia phone and wallet before fleeing toward the town centre.
The first thug was aged 25 to 30 years old, around 5ft 10ins, and stocky. He had short blond hair with a side parting and was wearing a black hooded top, jeans and trainers. The second man was of similar age, around 5ft 9ins and of average build. He had short brown spiked hair, facial stubble and was wearing a white top, blue jacket and jeans. The third robber was in his mid to late 20s and around 5ft 10ins. He had broad shoulders, shaved brown hair and was wearing a cream cardigan, a t-shirt and jeans.
Det Con Lucy Arnold, who is investigating the incident, wants to hear from anyone who was in the Heath Road area at the time of the robbery and may have seen anything suspicious.
She said: “This was a nasty assault and theft which has left the victim extremely shaken up and I would urge anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward.
“I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Please don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have any information, contact DC Arnold, in confidence, on 01582 473228, the non-emergency number 101, text information to 07786 200011, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.