Man walked through central Hitchin in a headlock in alleged knifepoint robbery

PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:45 18 April 2019

Hermitage Road, Hitchin. Picture: DANNY LOO

Hermitage Road, Hitchin. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A man was robbed, allegedly at knifepoint, in Hitchin just after 4pm on Tuesday, April 16.

Bancroft, Hitchin. Picture: DANNY LOOBancroft, Hitchin. Picture: DANNY LOO

The man and his female partner were walking on Windmill Hill when two males approached them through some bushes.

There was an altercation, during which a knife was reportedly produced.

The victim was then put in a headlock and forced to walk down Hermitage Road and Bancroft, before his smart watch and mobile phone were stolen.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to get in contact.

PC Geoff Scarborough, who is investigating, said: “This was a very distressing incident, as the victim's partner rang police and followed from a distance. “It's believed that a number of members of the public were in the area at the time, either walking or sat on the hill.

“I'd ask anyone who saw what happened to please get in contact.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact PC Scarborough on geoffrey.scarborough@Herts.pnn.police.uk or the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 41/34550/19.

You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/Report

Or you can report information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.

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