Two men traced following police CCTV appeal of alleged Langho robbery

Police have confirmed two men they wanted speak to after an alleged robbery of a young woman holding her baby in a carrier in the Ribble Valley have been traced.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 23rd November 2020, 9:59 am

Yesterday, detectives investigating the shocking incident released CCTV stills of two people they wanted to speak to.

The appeal followed an incident when around 5-10pm on Thursday, November 19th the victim, a woman in her 20s, was walking on Old Langho Road towards Salesbury Hall Road when she was approached by a man riding a bike and another man walking.

The pair grabbed the woman by the throat before punching her in the face, causing severe bruising. The woman screamed she had a baby, with the offenders making off towards the A59. The baby, a boy, was not injured. The victim later noticed her Bose headphones were missing.

Police investigations continue into the despicable attack

Shortly after the CCTV image appeal was released, a police spokesman confirmed the men had been found. A police Facebook post read as follows: "Following our earlier post asking for help to trace two men on bikes after a woman was robbed in old Langho, we have now identified them and they will be spoken to in due course. Many thanks to everyone who came forward and helped with our appeal. Our investigation continues."

Det. Sgt Sarah Hargreaves, of East CID, added: “We have conducted numerous enquiries following this really shocking attack and I would thank to thank the community for all the help they have given us so far.

“We remain determined to find out who was responsible for this despicable attack.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone with information, or who witnessed the incident, to come forward. If you have any dashboard mounted camera footage which may show the robbery, or recognise the men described, please get in touch.

“We understand a motorist driving a silver Range Rover, with a partial registration plate of PK14, passed the scene shortly after the incident – did you see what happened?

“We recognise this is a very concerning incident for the local community and we would remind people to be vigilant while walking at night. Patrols remain in the area and a specialist team of detectives is working on the investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or e-mail [email protected] quoting log 1129 of November 19th.