Man punched during attempted robbery but attackers flee empty-handed

The 39-year-old appeared in Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning

The 39-year-old appeared in Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning

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Detectives in Bedford are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 26 year old man was punched several times during an attempted robbery in the town on the afternoon of Tuesday,

September 16.

The incident took place at around 2.10pm as the victim was walking along Marlborough Road, Bedford, on his way to the Post Office. Two offenders stepped in front of the victim pulling hoods over their heads as they did so.

The first offender punched the victim in the neck and pushed him against a fence while the second offender punched him several times to the body before searching him. After failing to find any cash, the offenders fled towards Ford End Road and then made their way along a passageway which leads into Westbourne Road.

Both offenders were light skinned Asian males, between 18 and 20 years old, around 5ft 9ins tall and of skinny build. The first offender had a faint moustache and both wore dark coloured hooded tops.

Detective Constable Surinder Ram, who is investigating the attempted robbery, would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the incident taking place.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Ram, in confidence, on 01234 275346, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org