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Teenager having treatment for leukaemia robbed at knifepoint

A teenager having treatment for leukaemia has been robbed at knifepoint. The 17-year-old was walking in down the ginnel between Dixon Lane and Henry Avenue in Wortley when he was attacked.

The suspect grabbed him by the throat and pushed him into bushes before threatening to kill him with a kitchen knife. He then stole the teenager's iPhone 6 which had been a gift from a children's cancer charity.

The phone was tracked using software on another device but was switched off in the area of Cobden Road.

The suspect is described as white, aged 19 to 20, slim, about 5ft 11ins tall, with a spotty complexion and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a black coat with a hood, black tracksuit bottoms and had a black rucksack on his back. The rucksack has a white Newcastle United logo on the back and drawstrings down the side.

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. We would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered a gold iPhone 6 for sale since the incident on Monday.

– Detective Constable Grant Lee