POLICE are appealing for information after a 12-year-old boy was robbed on Masefield Road in Hartlepool near to the junction of Gulliver Road.

The incident occurred on Monday (January 4) at around 6pm when the boy was approached by a teenager carrying a bladed article under his jacket sleeve, and demanded money from the boy.

He then took money from the boy.

The teenager is described as being 5 ft 9” tall male, of thin build and aged between 17 and 18-years-old and was wearing a balaclava over his head.

Officers are appealing for anyone who knows the identity of the male or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Hartlepool CID on 101 quoting 001964.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers.