A HYPODERMIC needle has been used as a weapon in an attempted armed robbery as a man was out walking.

The victim was threatened with a syringe and asked for his bag during the incident in Seaham.

It occurred at around 10am on Monday, August 12, along the black path near Harbour Walk in the town and police are now investigating.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary, said: “The victim was walking along the path when he was approached by a man holding a syringe.

“The suspect asked the man to hand over his backpack. When the victim refused, he made off empty handed.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward

The suspect is described as white, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, of slim build, around 5ft 10 with a scar on the left hand side of his face.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact DC Richard Martin on 101 quoting reference number 125 of August 12.