Search for man wearing Sleigh Whaaat hat as police say he could hold key to solving robbery attack at Washington petrol station

This man could hold the key to helping police as they investigate a robbery which left the victim with face and head injuries.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:02 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 8:53 am

Northumbria Police officers hope they can trace him after releasing a CCTV still as part of their inquiries into the early hours attack.

The man was captured on footage with blood on his face and a woollen hat with the words ‘Sleigh Whaaat’ printed across it, with the search on in the hope he can help inquiries.

At 2.15am on Sunday, January 12, police were called to the Esso garage in Heworth Road, Usworth, after a report that a man had been assaulted.

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Northumbria Police has issued this still from CCTV as they try to trace a man they would like to speak to as part of inquiries into an assault and robbery in Washington.

A force spokesperson said: “It was then reported that the offender stole the victim’s mobile phone before making off.

“Officers attended and found the man with injuries to his face and head.

“An investigation is ongoing into the incident, and as part of their inquiries, officers have now identified a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

“He was believed to have been in the area at the time of the robbery and could have valuable information which would assist officers with their investigation.”

The petrol station is on the busy Heworth Road in Usworth, Washington. Image copyright Google Maps.

The station is close to Victoria Road Health Centre and a row of shops look onto the forecourt of Esso.

The man, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to call 101 quoting reference 98 120120. Anyone with information about the incident can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.