Police appeal following attempted robbery on mum near Abbey House Museum

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Abbey House Museum. Photo: Welcome to Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information following an attempted robbery on a mother with her baby near Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall.

At about 5.30pm on Saturday the 21-year-old victim was walking in the park near to the Abbey House Museum when a man approached her and asked for the time.

As she walked on the man ran up to her and put his hand in her coat pocket knocking her into the pushchair and causing her and her baby to fall to the ground. Neither was injured and nothing was stolen.

The man ran off in the general direction of Horsforth.

He was white, about 5ft 9ins tall, and of stocky, medium build. He was wearing a dark zip-up jacket and dark jogging bottoms.

Officers are looking into whether it is linked to a street robbery that occurred at about 3am on Sunday involving a similarly described suspect.

A 19-year-old man was approached near to TGI Friday’s, at the bottom of Kirkstall Road, by a man who asked him the time. When the victim looked at his phone, the suspect barged him out the way and ran off with it.

Anyone who witnessed either incident or has been approached in a similar manner is asked to contact Leeds District Crime Team via 101 quoting crime reference 13190589573 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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