POLICE in Lancaster are appealing for witnesses after two students were robbed in separate incidents as they walked home from a night out.
Both robberies took place within an hour of each other in the early hours of Saturday, October 29.
The first robbery happened between 1.30am and 1.50am on Dale Street when a 23-year-old-man was attacked from behind and punched in the face. The offenders rummaged through his pockets and escaped with his wallet, keys and phone.
The victim suffered bleeding to his nose and a sore jaw. He was treated at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and was discharged later that evening.
The second incident took place a few streets away on Hope Street between 2.15am and 2.45am when a 19 year old man was approached by two men who asked him for directions.
The victim gave the men directions but he was then pushed against a wall and the men demanded his property. The offenders fled with his wallet and phone.
Det Cons Sue Palmer from Lancaster CID said: “Due to the close timeframe and vicinity of these two robberies we do believe they are linked and an investigation is underway.
“I would appeal to anybody that was in the area at the time of either incident, who saw anything suspicious or indeed thinks they may have witnessed either robbery to contact police.
“I’d also urge people to take extra care in the area and if they are walking home in the early hours and where possible to always walk with a friend or in a group.”
Both men are described as being around 6ft tall. The first man is aged around 20 years old with blonde hair, shorter at the sides. He was clean shaven and was wearing a blue hooded top and tracksuit bottoms. He spoke in a local accent.
The second man had a round head and pale face. He was described as being skinny and was wearing a black hooded top with large writing on the front and black tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with any information should call police on 01524 63333.