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Couple robbed in Cheltenham for just £20

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: June 11, 2013

By MICHAEL YONG

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A ROBBER knocked a middle-aged man to the ground and demanded cash from his partner during a terrifying hold-up.

The victims, a 62-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, were walking along Fauconberg Road in Montpellier just after midnight when they were approached from behind by two men.

One of the men, believed to be in his teens, threatened the couple and demanded money from them.

He shoved the man to the ground and ordered the woman to hand over her cash.

Terrified, she gave him a £20 note.

Both men then walked away along Bayshill Road, in the direction of St George's Road.

Police believe there may have been witnesses to the robbery, which happened on Saturday, and are asking anybody who saw the incident to come forward.

A spokesman said: "At the time of the robbery there may have been people in the area who had been out socialising and maybe on their way home."

Police described the robber as between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall, with short dark hair with a fringe, and of slim build.

Officers said he was aged between 16 and 20 years old, spoke with an eastern European accent, and was wearing dark clothing.

The robbery has shocked the community in the area.

Councillor Barbara Driver (C, Lansdown) said: "It's a horrible thing to have happened.

"When the offender is caught, we have to make sure they do the hard work and go down for a long time. It must have been terrifying for the couple.

"I'm sure it'll make it very hard for them in the future."

She added: "Cheltenham is a safe place, and we have to send out the message that we do not put up with this."

A member of staff at nearby bed and breakfast The Bradley, who asked not to be named, said: "It is just shocking news really. It is a very quiet area around here – we don't get trouble here at all. I've been here for a few years, and I have not heard anything like it."

Anyone with information which could help the investigation should call the police on 101, quoting incident number seven of June 8.

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  • Justica  |  June 11 2013, 6:43PM

    No way did I criticise Eastern Europeans' work ethic, in fact, we all know they are hard working. That is not the problem, the problems is unemployment here, overstretched hospitals and schools. This is not aimed at any particular group, it is just common sense.

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  • Wassisname  |  June 11 2013, 5:39PM

    To be honest, most E Europeans I have come across are hard working and conscientious. Have you considered the fact that they may have been putting on a fake accent to throw people off the scent?

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  • Justica  |  June 11 2013, 10:43AM

    Why do we allow people from Eastern Europe to come here when they don't have suitable employment ? Some will, if they find themselves destitute, turn to crime. In the long run, it is not fair on them and certainly not fair on us. Unless we address problems like this, without the accusation of racist, which it isn't , the situation will inevitably get much worse.

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