APPEAL: Can you help us with investigation into robbery near Festival Park?

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We were called at around 1.55pm today (Tuesday 1 September) after two men were approached by a man in the wooded area by Festival Park. The man demanded property from them and threatened them with a knife before making off with their phones and wallets.

Fortunately, the victims, who are both aged 25 and from Stoke-on-Trent, were not injured but they were left shaken by the incident.

Officers attended immediately and carried out a thorough area search for the suspect, assisted by the Dog Support Unit, Armed Response Officers and Air Support Unit. However, no one was located.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5ft 11ins, slim build, wearing jeans and a navy hooded top. He wore sunglasses and had a scarf covering his face.

If you have any information please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 399 of September 1. Alternatively, you can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.