‘Sickening crime’ sees vulnerable man robbed of walking stick


Hooded men laughed as they robbed a vulnerable man of his walking stick and watched him fall to the floor in a city underpass.

The 38-year-old’s stick was kicked from beneath him as he walked through Beanhill on Tuesday morning.

Police have described the crime as “sickening”.

PC Laura Mason said: “This was a particularly distressing robbery in which a vulnerable man was left shocked and had his walking stick stolen.

“For the offenders to kick his walking stick, causing him to fall to the ground, and then laugh at him, shows a particularly sickening side to this crime.”

The victim sustained no injuries, but was in a state of shock when police officers arrived at the redway on Maslin Drive, Beanhill, leading into Serles Close, Coffee Hall at around 11am.

The thieves ran off with the dark brown or black coloured stick and a white carrier bag, which contained an Nvidia Shield games console controller.

They were wearing blue hooded tops with their hoods up. Both tops had white or pale coloured motifs at the centre of the back.

PC Mason added: “I can reassure the public that we are investigating this, and I am appealing for anyone who has any information on the incident, who may have been in the area at the time, or who feels they may know the identities of the offenders, to come forward and either contact myself via 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

If you can help police with their enquiries call 101.