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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.