Axe-wielding robber threatens man and steals his car keys in Sheffield city centre

An axeman threatened a terrified 24-year-old and stole his car keys in a robbery in Sheffield city centre.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 11:08 am

At around 4.25am on Sunday, August 23, the victim was walking along Arundel Gate near Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building when he was allegedly approached by an unknown man carrying an axe.

The offender is said to have threatened the victim before stealing his wallet and keys.

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Police are urging anyone who recognises the man pictured above to come forward by calling 101

Detective Constable Ryan Griffiths, investigating, said: “The offender is reported to have threatened his victim, shouting for him to hand over his wallet and his keys. The victim, understandably terrified by the threats of violence, threw his keys at the attacker before running away.

“As the victim made his way down Arundel Gate to a place of safety, the man reappeared, asking his victim where his car was parked before leaving the scene.

“This was clearly a distressing incident, which has left the victim incredibly shaken.

“I think it’s important that I reassure people we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the offender and have now released CCTV footage of a person we think could have vital information about the incident.

“If you recognise the man in this footage, or have information about the incident last Sunday, then I would urge you to please make contact with us. You can call 101, quoting incident number 166 of 23 August.

“Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.”

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