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Cancer patient threatened with knife in terrifying robbery

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Police are continuing to appeal for information after a teenage boy battling leukaemia was robbed at knifepoint in Leeds.

The 17-year-old victim was attacked as he walked through the Wortley area of the city last month.

As he travelled down an alleyway listening to music, he felt something strike his left heel and he turned around to be confronted by a man who demanded his phone.

The robber proceeded to grab the teenager by the throat and pushed him into some nearby bushes, before producing a kitchen knife and threatening to kill him.

The victim handed over his gold-coloured iPhone 6; a handset which had been given to him by a children’s cancer charity.

The suspect rode off down Henry Avenue on a black mountain bike and although a member of the public attempted to give chase the robber was able to make good his escape.

The man is described as white, aged 19-20, and around 5ft 11inches tall. He had a scruffy beard and spotty completion.

Detective Constable Grant Lee, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: “The victim is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia and has been left understandably distressed at being targeted in this way.

“The phone was given to him by a children’s cancer charity to support him during his treatment, so for it to be taken from him in such frightening circumstances is particularly cruel.

“We are carrying out enquiries to trace the person responsible and would like to hear from anyone with information that could assist the investigation. The description of the offender is quite distinctive and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who it might be.”

At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has experience advising those facing charges for robbery. For advice on all your options, please contact our Leeds-based solicitors today.