Fresh appeal after elderly businessman, 86, robbed on post office run

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DETECTIVES are making a fresh appeal to catch robbers who stole thousands of pounds from an elderly businessman.

The 86-year-old victim was in Haddon Road, Grangetown, just after midday on Monday, August 5.

He was on his way to pay in cash at a nearby post office, in Stockton Terrace, when a man approached him and grabbed a money wallet which he was holding.

The assailant then made off in a getaway car, where an accomplice was waiting with the engine running. The elderly man was taken to hospital suffering from shock, but was later released after suffering no injuries.

Northumbria Police say a 40-year-old man arrested following the theft has now been released without charge.

Inquiries to track down those responsible are ongoing. The getaway car is believed to be a small black or dark coloured vehicle, possibly a Renault.

The man who grabbed the bag is described as being white, around 18 to 22 years old, 5ft 3ins to 5ft 4ins tall and of proportionate build.

He had a slightly tanned face and was clean shaven with chubby cheeks.

He was wearing a black wool hat which had two white stripes around the bottom, a plain black jacket, black bottoms and trainers.

People with information should call police on the non-emergency 101 line.