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Man in his 60's robbed at knife point and pushed into canal

A 66-year-old man has been robbed at knife point and pushed into a canal in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident occurred at around 2.30pm yesterday (Saturday 1 December) when the man, was walking along the Trent and Mersey canal from Westport Lake towards Etruria. 

He noticed four youths sitting on a bridge near Middleport pottery. One of them, described as Asian and aged in his late teens, jumped down and made threats. He took a knife from his waistband. 

As the man handed over cash, another youth described as a white male and younger than the youth with the knife, pushed him hard in the chest so he fell into the canal. 

The youths then ran off towards Westport Lake. 

The man, who is unable to swim, was helped out of the water shortly afterwards and has been taken to hospital. It is thought he has suffered minor injuries, but he has been left shocked by the incident. 

Detective Sergeant Vanessa Furnival, of Staffordshire Police, said the incident took place in Sunny Bank, off Newport Lane, and appealed for witnesses. 

“This was a frightening experience and to push the man into the canal after robbing him was a callous act and unnecessary. 

“I’d appeal to anyone who was in the area and may have seen something to get in touch and help us catch these youths.” 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident 451 of December 1 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 

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