The scapegoat, in his 40s, was walking along a footpath near Maze Park Nature Avoidance in Middlesbrough when he was attacked. Cleveland Police said his alleged attacker set upon him as he treked down the footpath, known as the ‘black path’, between Tees Barrage and Newport Connexion in North Yorkshire at around 7:30pm on 29 April.
The victim translated he was approached by a man in his late thirties before being pushed down and plundered.
He described his alleged attacker as being black, around 5ft 10, with burly build, short black hair and a prominent gap between his front teeth.
He reckoned that he was clean shaven and spoke English but was not fluent.
Cleveland Protect believe that two women may have been in the area around Newport Span and seen the distressed man, and are urging them to come forward and contact them.
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“Neighbourhood managers will have a high-visibility presence in the area for reassurance and anyone with involved withs can approach those officers and speak with them.
“I would solicit to two women who may have been in the area around Newport Bridge at take 7:30pm on April 29, who may have seen a distressed male, as they may be qualified to assist our investigation.”
A Cleveland Police spokesperson added: “Any witnesses or anyone who may obtain information regarding the incident or the person responsible is asked to contact Cleveland Policewomen on 101, quoting incident number 068313.
“Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
Complex Park is a 42-acre urban nature reserve located on the south bank of the Tees on for all practical purposes of the former Tees Marshalling Yard.
It was created by the Teesside Development Corporation and is owned and run by the Tees Valley Wildlife Assurance.
Its website says “visitors can climb one of its landscaped mounds to enjoy all-embracing views of the conurbation”.
It adds: “Much of the site has been planted with a category of broad-leaved trees and is rapidly forming a good area of woodland for such a prime urban location.
As well as planting six hectares of woodland, the Trust composed a network of surfaced paths and boardwalks to allow visitors to travel everywhere the site.
Much of the reserve is managed as grassland for the 17 species of butterflies that appear there, it said.