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Gang robs OAP angler at knifepoint

PUBLISHED: 11:58 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A PENSIONER was robbed at knifepoint of almost £1,000 worth of fishing tackle as he fished in Suffolk.

The 69-year-old victim was fishing at Sharnford Lock at Great Blakenham when he was approached by a gang of five who started chatting to him.

A PENSIONER was robbed at knifepoint of almost £1,000 worth of fishing tackle as he fished in Suffolk.

The 69-year-old victim was fishing at Sharnford Lock at Great Blakenham when he was approached by a gang of five who started chatting to him.

Two of the group then threatened him as they brandished knives and demanded he hand over his equipment.

The pensioner was left extremely shaken but otherwise unhurt in the robbery which happened at around 3pm yesterday.

The men in the gang were all in their early 20s. One was white, around 6ft tall, wearing a black woolly hat, dark blue Parka style coat, dark blue jeans and white baseball boots. The second man was black, around 5ft 9ins tall, clean shaven, wearing a black woolly hat, black bomber jacket and blue jeans. The third man was white, around 5ft 9ins tall, clean shaven, wearing a woolly hat, light-coloured jacket and blue jeans. The fourth man was white, around 5ft 9ins tall, clean shaven and wearing bright blue Nike trainers.

The fifth member of the group was female and in her late teens. She was between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build with long waist-length blonde hair. She was wearing a dark green jacket and dark blue tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone who recognises the description of the gang, may have been offered fishing equipment for sale or has information about the robbery, should contact DC John Dolan at Stowmarket police station on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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