POLICE are trying to trace two men who they believe were the victims of an attempted robbery.

The alleged incident happened at Ormesby Hardware Store on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough on Sunday, March 10 at 10.40am when a man approached the two men outside the store.

The two potential victims left prior to police arrival and officers are appealing for these men to come forward as they believe they can assist with enquiries.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released by Cleveland Police under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the identity of the two men is asked to contact PC Matthew Carter from Cleveland Police on 101 quoting event number 040685.