A TAKEAWAY worker was punched in the face and knocked to the ground as two men attempted to rob him.
The 21-year-ol, also a student, was walking home from his shift in Peterlee town centre and heading across the bridge at Sunny Blunts when he was approached by the pair.
Police said one of the men said: “Give me your money, phone, everything,” before the victim was punched and then pushed to the ground.
A struggle broke out between the two before the second stranger told the other to leave the young man.
They then headed towards the town centre empty handed. The victim called police from the scene.
He was shaken and left with a bump to his head.
The first man is described as being in his early to mid-20s, 5ft 9in tall, skinny build and had a short beard and scruffy short brown hair.
He wore square-framed glasses and a dark jacket and trousers.
The second was about the same age, had short brown jelled hair, facial stubble and was wearing a white T-shirt underneath a dark jacket.
Officers investigating the incident, which happened at 12.30am on Monday, have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.
Durham Police can be called on 0345 60 60 365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.