POLICE have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with a Sunderland robbery in which charity cash was stolen.
A 60-year-old man was crossing the road in Burnaby Street, near Chester Road, around 3pm on Thursday, November 6, when he was approached by a rider and pillion passenger on a moped.
They demanded he hand over a bag containing £700 cash and when he refused, he was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance and punched several times.
The victim had been on his way to the nearby Barclays Bank with takings from the Age UK charity. The offenders stole the bag and made off on the bike towards General Graham Street.
The injured man was taken to Sunderland Eye Infirmary for treatment and released.
Police have released CCTV of two men on a moped, wearing distinctive clothing and helmets.
Northumbria Police’s DI Dave English said: “The victim was assaulted in the street and had charity takings stolen, which is obviously distressing, and we’re doing everything possible to trace the people involved.
“We’ve been carrying out enquiries into this robbery and we’re appealing for help to trace the two men in the images who we need to speak to about what happened.
“I’d urge anyone who recognises the men in the images from their clothing, the moped and helmets to get in touch with us. We’d also like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Burnaby Street at the time who is yet to speak to police.
“In particular, there was believed to be a metallic brown coloured Renault Megane driven by a woman in the area at the time who officers still need to speak to.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 748 06/11/14, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.