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Man slashed with knife in attempted phone theft near primary school

Police have appealed for witnesses Credit: PA Images

A man was cut with a knife close to a primary school in York after he refused to hand over his mobile phone.

The crime took place in a field next to St Oswald's Primary School and the 35-year-old victim suffered injuries to his arm and stomach.

It happened at about 10.20am yesterday when he was was approached by the suspect, described by North Yorkshire Police as "a young oy of school age".

The suspect demanded the victim hand over his mobile phone.

When the victim refused, the offender cut him with what is believed to be a small blade like a Stanley knife.

The victim was taken to York District Hospital where he received treatment; he is not in a serious condition.

The offender has been described as being 5ft 5in, slim, wearing a black jacket with hood up, a snood and black tracksuit bottoms with white socks over the ankles.

Police do not believe this incident is linked to another robbery on a cycle path yesterday evening.

This incident happened along the cycle path between Lendal Bridge and Bright Street, at the Leeman Park end.

A 21-year-old man victim was approached by another man who threatened him with a small blade. The offender took the victims’ wallet and phone. The offender in this incident is described as being in his late twenties to early thirties, of stocky build wearing a grey hoodie.

Detective Inspector Alan Rowan from the York Serious Crime Team said:

“I want to reassure communities in York that at this moment in time police do not believe the two incidents are linked. We are not looking at a pattern of behaviour that the public need to be concerned about.

“We are conducting a number of enquiries surrounding the investigation into these incidents and as always, the safety of the public remains paramount.

“I encourage anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or anyone who was in the area at the time, to contact North Yorkshire Police as a matter of priority. You might have vital information that could assist our investigation”.

Anyone with any information can contact officers on 101.