29 stitches needed after vicious street attack

PUBLISHED: 13:42 24 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

A MAN needed 29 stitches after being slashed across the face in a street robbery. He was targeted in broad daylight in Hitchin on Saturday. It happened in an alleyway between Hermitage Road and Portmill Lane between 4.20pm and 4.45pm. The victim, a 36-yea

A MAN needed 29 stitches after being slashed across the face in a street robbery.

He was targeted in broad daylight in Hitchin on Saturday.

It happened in an alleyway between Hermitage Road and Portmill Lane between 4.20pm and 4.45pm.

The victim, a 36-year-old man from Hitchin, was walking along the alleyway when he was approached by two men.

One of them grabbed some money from his hand and, following a slight struggle, then slashed his face.

The offender is described as black, 5ft 11in tall, with short, cropped, tight cut hair. He was wearing a black jacket and carrying a 6in bladed knife. He was with a second man who is also described as black and 5ft 11in tall.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information.

Investigating officer Dc Kirsty Ding said: "This was a seemingly unprovoked and particularly violent robbery which resulted in the victim receiving a nasty cut to his face.

"This incident happened in a very busy part of town and I am certain that somebody saw something which could help with the inquiry."

Any witnesses to the robbery or anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Ding in the eastern area robbery unit on 01438 757138. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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