Appeal following attempted robbery

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A man was put into a headlock and punched by a would-be robber trying to steal his phone.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery on Morecambe promenade between Highfield Crescent and Regent Road.

The victim, a 27-year-old man from Heysham, was approached by a man who put him in a headlock and punched him in the head before taking his phone from his pocket.

The victim then tried to grab his phone back but it was dropped by the man and damaged.

The would-be robber is described as a man aged in his mid-twenties, 5ft 8in tall with a tanned or dark complexion and short black hair and is possibly Eastern European.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and trainers.

DC Mike O’Reagan of Morecambe Police said: “We believe that a number of taxis were travelling through the area at the time of the offence and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward and contact police.”

The incident took place on Morecambe promenade between 3am and 4am on Saturday, July 12.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting crime reference number BB1407673.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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