Police appeal after man in wheelchair is robbed at knifepoint in Durham

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Police are appealing for information after a man in a wheelchair was robbed at knifepoint in Durham.

The incident took place last Monday on the banks of the riverside near to Durham Rowing Club, adjacent to South Street.

The victim was a 49-year-old man who is a keen photographer, who was using a camera to take pictures from his wheelchair, which he has to use due to mobility issues following a stroke.

He was moving to his next point of interest when he was approached from behind by an unknown man, who then reached around the neck of the victim, held a knife to his throat and demanded his phone and wallet.

The robber then snatched the phone and made off, back along the riverbanks towards Durham city centre.

The victim has described the offender as having dirty fingernails and olive skin, speaking in broken English with possibly an eastern European accent.

He was wearing a dark blue long-sleeved top made of a shiny material, probably a tracksuit top, with elasticated wrists.

The incident took place at about 2pm last Monday.

PC Chris Anderson said; “If you know of a man matching the brief description, possibly living rough, or if you happened to be in that area last Monday and saw anything suspicious or unusual, then please call us.

“This type of incident is very rare in Durham, and the victim has understandably been left very shaken.”

Anyone with information which may help is asked to call police on 101.