Appeal launched after two women allegedly snatch £90 from man in wheelchair at Sunderland bus stop

An appeal has been launched after two women reportedly snatched £90 from a man in a wheelchair at a Sunderland bus stop.

Saturday, 19th June 2021, 5:00 pm

The vulnerable 44-year-old man is said to have been left ‘shaken’ by the suspected robbery which took place at a bus stop outside of The Point in Holmeside, just before 12.30pm on Thursday, June 17.

Northumbria Police initially reported that the incident happened inside the Baker’s Oven in Holmeside but have since issued an update.

The victim immediately contacted police following his ordeal where he described how the two women ‘forcibly’ took the £90 in cash from him.

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The incident is said to have taken place inside the Baker’s Oven in Holmeside, Sunderland. Image by Google Maps.
The incident is said to have taken place inside the Baker’s Oven in Holmeside, Sunderland. Image by Google Maps.

Officers launched an investigation and two women, aged 36 and 28, were soon located and arrested on suspicion of robbery. They remain in police custody at this time.

Officers believe there were a number of people who stopped to assist the victim in the aftermath, as well as witnesses to the incident, and are keen to speak with these people as they could help with the investigation.

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Northumbria Police Detective Constable Mark Druce said: “Our CCTV enquiries have shown there were a number of people in the area at the time of the incident, some of who stopped to offer assistance and support and we are keen to speak with them about what they might have seen in order to further our investigation.

Police have now confirmed that the incident happened at a bus stop outside of The Point in Sunderland. Image by Google Maps.

“Anyone found to be deliberately targeting the vulnerable can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch and speak with officers. You can contact police using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on the Northumbria Police website, or by calling 101 using log number 453 170621.

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