By Tim Clarke 01/05 Updated: 01/05 16:27
A MAN was threatened at knifepoint during the first of two robberies in St John's which have prompted police to step up patrols in the area.
The first robbery took place between 2.30am and 2.55am on Sunday morning (29 April) when a man in his 20s was walking home to St John's, crossing Sabrina Bridge on to Hylton Road and through an alleyway believed to be Hollywell Hill.
He was approached by two men, one white and the other Asian, who asked him for the time and then for his mobile phone.
The Asian man pulled out a knife and demanded he hand over his phone, which the victim did, along with his wallet.
The Asian robber was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms with a hooded top and the white man was wearing similar clothing.
Then later the same day at 10.15pm another man in his 20s was returning to St John's from the city centre and as he passed the entrance to Cripplegate Park, he was pushed into a bollard, causing him to fall to the floor.
He saw two men standing over him one of whom demanded he hand over his valuables before searching his pockets and stealing his wallet and mobile phone.
The robber was described as black, in his 20s, 6ft 1ins tall and of a heavy build. He was square faced with a strong chin, clean shaven, and was wearing a grey cap, a grey zip-up tracksuit jacket and white trainers.
The second man was 5ft 11ins, wearing a heavy black coat, and his face was completely covered by a hood and scarf.
Detective Sergeant Dave Hall of Worcester CID said: "We are keeping an open mind about whether these two robberies are linked but we are concerned that they have occurred near to each other and on the same day.
"Uniformed officers are conducting reassurance patrols in the area, which will continue for the coming days.
"I would like to ask anyone who may seen these crimes take place to contact Worcester CID and I am also keen to speak to anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area of St Johns close to the river in recent days."
DS Hall can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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