Detectives are urging members of the public to come forward with information following an attempted knifepoint robbery in Winsford.
The victim – a 17-year-old boy from the town – was walking alone on what is known locally as the ‘Old High Street’ at around 6.30pm on Sunday 3 March.
Travelling from the direction of the River Weaver towards Collingham Way, he was accosted by a man who appeared from an alleyway near the takeaways on the ‘Old High Street’.
The man, who was holding a glass bottle and a knife, threatened the victim and demanded his mobile phone.
At that point the offender was disturbed by a man and a woman who are believed to have come out of one of the takeaways.
He then ran off empty handed towards the housing estate at the back of the fast food outlets.
The offender is described as white, around 20 years old and approximately 5’ 11” tall. He had blond curly hair with a long fringe and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up as well as dark trousers and dark shoes.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch.
They particularly want to speak to the man and the woman carrying takeaway food who disturbed the offender.
Detectives also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.
Detective Constable Duncan Antrobus said: “Thankfully the offender was disturbed and the victim was not injured in any way and did not have anything stolen from him, but what happened was terrifying and has understandably left him extremely shaken up.
“We are determined to establish the identity of the offender and make him face the consequences of his actions.
“Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation I am appealing for the man and woman who may have unknowingly disturbed the offender to come forward.
“I also urge anyone else who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the attempted robbery or as he was fleeing on foot, to contact us.
“The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or has CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”
Inspector Andy Smith, of Northwich Local Policing Unit (LPU), added: “I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area.
“Knife crime is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Northwich LPU is committed to ensuring that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the areas we police is brought to justice.
“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the communities we serve and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid detectives with their investigation into this incident should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337666, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.
To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.