Robber held woman at knifepoint in Longton as she waited at traffic lights
POLICE are hunting an armed street-robber after a terrified woman was held up at knifepoint as she waited at traffic lights in her car.
The victim was forced to hand over her purse when the attacker dived into her car, which had paused in King Street, Longton, as she made her way home from work.
The man, in his thirties, sat in the passenger seat of the woman's Silver Honda Civic and threatened her with a knife before taking cash and fleeing the scene.
Now officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward in a bid to track down the robber, who is described as white, of medium build and with a round, unshaven face.
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He is believed to have been wearing a grey woollen hat, a black padded waist-length jacket and dark baggy jeans.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "At approximately 10.10pm on Friday a lone female was driving home from work in her Silver Honda Civic car and was caused to stop by a red traffic light on King Street at the junction of Times Square, Longton.
"Her passenger door was opened by an offender and a white male got into the car and sat in the passenger seat.
"He threatened her with a knife and took money from her.
"If anyone witnessed the incident or has information that could assist the police, they should contact DC Morgan at Hanley Police Station."
Traders in Longton said they were shocked by the robbery.
Mandy Hughes, who works in Spellestial, in The Strand, said: "It's really scary. I have been in Longton at night and there are a few unsavoury characters. I just hope the woman is OK.
"It's a shock that something like this has happened in a reasonably quiet street. I only hope it doesn't start happening in broad daylight."
Ellis Bevan, who runs music shop Bevans, also in The Strand, and is president of Longton Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: "It's absolutely terrible when you hear things like this happening. It's not what Longton needs.
"I can't imagine how terrified she was being held at knifepoint in her own car. I just hope they can catch the nasty piece of work who did this.
"The town is much safer than it used to be 10 years ago when there were a lot of drug users hanging around. That seems to have got better since a centre opened for them but unfortunately crimes like this do seem to happen."
A 43-year-old man, who preferred not to be named, added: "These crimes are getting more and more common. It was probably someone who was drunk and saw an opportunity to make some quick cash."
Officers stepped up patrols in Longton Town Centre over the weekend and are now viewing CCTV footage as part of their investigation.
Witnesses should call DC 4087 Morgan at Operation Impact at Hanley Police Station on 01785 233 064, or via 101 quoting incident number 815 of August 31.
Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.