Detectives are appealing for information in connection with an attempted robbery at Bradford and a robbery that took place the following day at Leeds train station.
Officers from British Transport Police have today released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with both incidents.
Det Con Jacqui Wilson, the investigating officer, said: “The first incident took place at Bradford station just after 11.30pm on Monday May 19. The victim, 19-year-old man student studying in the city, was with a friend at the station when they were approached by a man in a grey hooded top. He was speaking on the phone at the time but then began to engage them in conversation.
“He then demanded he handed over his wallet whilst threatening to stab the victim if he didn’t obey. Despite no knife being seen, understandably the victim felt extremely threatened. At that point a train arrived into the station, a number of people got off and the man disappeared into the crowd empty handed.
“The following day, Tuesday May 20, a man approached the taxi rank outside Leeds train station at 12.46am. He was refused travel as he was unable to pay upfront. He then approached a man by the pedestrian crossing on Station Street and again demanding his wallet whilst threatening to stab him if he didn’t comply.
“The victim, a 36-year-old man from Sheffield, didn’t see a knife but perceived his threat to be real, and handed over his wallet containing cash and his credit cards. The man ran off and the victim alerted police.”
Officers have carried out several lines of enquiry and are calling on the public to help identify a man they want to speak to in connection with both incidents.
Det Con Wilson said: “Both these incidents must have been extremely frightening for the victims, who have both been left shaken following their ordeals. Luckily reports of such incidents are uncommon but it is vital that we trace this man to ensure he doesn’t repeat his actions.
“If you recognise the man pictured, or have any information that could help the investigation, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016, quoting background PSUB/B3 of 22/05/2014.
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.