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Elderly man robbed in Barnstaple

Robber also hit bank computer with skateboard

Police are appealing for witnesses of the robbery of an elderly man in Barnstaple town centre on Monday 14 September.

At around 11.45am, a young man approached an older gentleman in Cross Street and forcibly took his wallet, causing him to fall to the ground and sustain a severely broken hip.

Moments before the attack, the offender had been in the HSBC bank causing damage to a computer with a skateboard.

A 21-year-old man from Barnstaple has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and was still in police custody on Tuesday morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses of both incidents. In particular, officers would like to hear from a member of the public who chased the suspect and retrieved the victim’s wallet, returning it to him. 

Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or via email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/077260/20.

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