Hathersage mugging victim fights off attacker

The mugging attempt took place down an alley off Main Road, Hathersage.
The mugging attempt took place down an alley off Main Road, Hathersage.
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An intrepid Hathersage man has fought off a mugging attempt by punching his robber in the face.

Derbyshire police have confirmed a 22-year-old man was walking in Main Road, Hathersage when a robber approached him and told him to hand over money.

The victim refused and a “short scuffle took place” said officers, before the robber gave up and ran away.

A police spokesman said: “The fight was over very quickly. The victim punched the robber in the face and the robber ran off. The victim obviously wasn’t threatened enough to do what he said.

“This was an unusual crime for the area. We would urge everybody to consider their own personal safety if they are victim of a robbery,get as strong a description as possible. We wouldn’t urge people to get involved in fights with robbers.”

The roughly five-foot tall robber approached the man in an alleyway off Main Road at about 5.50pm on Monday, May 11.

Derbyshire Constabulary has released a description of the suspect, who is in his 20s, of mixed race, about 5ft tall and was wearing a blue baseball cap, black jacket and blue tracksuit bottoms.

Witnesses or anyone who recognises the offender from the description should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 19800/15.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111