CLEVELAND Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Middlesbrough, where a 76-year-old man suffered facial injures.

The indicent took place around 11:40pm on Sunday, February 2.

It was reported that an unknown male approached the 76-year-old on a bicycle and attempted to take belongings from his pockets. 

The victim went to James Cook University Hospital after falling down, resulting in face injuries. He has since been released. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact DC Brian Lightowler on 101, with the reference number 018763.