Brick-wielding robber attacked woman near Metro station


A BRICK-wielding robber who attacked a woman near a South Tyneside Metro station is today being hunted by police.

The robbery happened at 12.20am yesterday when a 43-year-old woman was walking with a man near Chapel Road, close to Jarrow Metro station.

As they went down through an underpass beside the Crown and Anchor pub they were approached by a man armed with a brick who demanded money.

He pulled the woman’s handbag - containing her mobile phone, bus pass and spectacles - from her shoulder and ran off towards some bushes, before returning and punching her in the face.

The woman suffered facial injuries, including a suspected broken nose, and was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital for treatment.

The robber ran off to Chapel Road towards the Golden Lion pub.

He was slim, in his 20s, wearing a dark jacket with a hood.

Sergeant Ed Hedley said: “This was a nasty attack on a woman late at night, and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the relevant time and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact us.

“Also anyone who may know who the offender is, is urged to contact officers.”

Police are carrying out inquiries in the area, and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.