Appeal following Congleton mugging Date published: 1st August 2017 4.51pm

Officers are appealing for information after an elderly man was mugged in Congleton.

At approximately 2.30pm on Thursday 27 July the victim, a 70-year-old local man, was walking along Buxton Road, Congleton, heading towards the Post Office.

As the victim came towards the junction of St Johns Road he was approached by an unknown man who asked him for a ‘new five pound note’. The victim stated that he didn’t have any notes and attempted to continue towards the post office.

However, the suspect then put his hand into the victims pocket and stole his wallet, which contained approximately £50, along with the victim’s bus pass and debit card, before fleeing the scene.

The suspect in the case is described as white man, approximately 5ft 9 to 5ft 10 inches tall, with short hair and a foreign sounding accent. He was wearing a round neck jumper and blue jeans.

Inspector Claire Jesson said: “This was a serious incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the person responsible. The victim was a vulnerable elderly man who has been left extremely shaken as a result of his ordeal.

“The investigation is currently in its early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. As part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and believes that they may have witnessed anything suspicious.

“I urge anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact the team here at Macclesfield on 101. I’d also like to appeal directly to the offender and ask him to search his conscience and come forward.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 816 of 28/7/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.