CRIME: An iPhone and cigs stolen in Harborough street robbery

Leicestershire police have put out a witness appeal to Sunday night's robbery.
Leicestershire police have put out a witness appeal to Sunday night's robbery.

ROBBERY: An iPhone and a packet of cigarettes were stolen from a man in Market Harborough town centre on Sunday night (January 4) in what police are describing as a street robbery.

The victim was walking along Springfield Street at about 10.10pm on Sunday when he was approached by another man who ‘verbally threatened him’, a spokesperson from Leicestershire Police told the Mail this morning (Tuesday).

In criminal law, an incident is classified as a robbery if a threat of force is used, even if no assault took place.

No weapon was seen during the incident, police added.

The robber is described as a white male, about 20-30 years of age, of thin build and was wearing a dark-coloured beanie-style hat, a dark jumper and dark jeans.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the crime is urged to contact the investigating officer, PC 998 Peter Waterfield on the police 101 number of call Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, 0800 555 111.

It is the third violent crime to have taken place in Market Harborough in the past month following a stabbing in Green Lane on December 23 and an assault near a taxi rank in High Street on December 14 which left a man with a broken jaw.

Some residents have called into question the effectiveness of the town’s CCTV network as it appears to have captured no images of any of the incidents.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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