Police appeal after robbery at Northumberland beauty spot

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Northumberland.

It happened at 10.30am on Sunday, October 27, at a viewpoint opposite the Tower Knowe car park and cafe at Kielder reservoir, when a woman aged in her 50s was on the footpath to the viewpoint.

She was opening her camera bag when a man pushed her out of the way, causing her to fall backwards, and he snatched the bag, running off away from the area.

The bag contained thousands of pounds worth of Cannon camera equipment and accessories. The woman wasn’t injured but was left shaken.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: “It’s believed this was an opportunist crime. The person responsible would have required a vehicle, given the remote location.

“We’re carrying out enquiries and would urge anyone who saw what happened or witnessed anything unusual or suspicious either in this car park or other car parks in the area to contact us.

“The equipment stolen is expensive Cannon camera equipment and anyone who knows the whereabouts or this stolen property is asked to get in touch as soon as possible.

“Offences such as this are almost unknown in the Kielder area. The Northumberland National Park is an extremely safe place to live and visit and I would reassure local people and visitors that this is a very uncommon occurrence.

“However, residents and visitors are urged to report anything unusual or suspicious they see to police straight away so we can investigate. if in doubt, give us a shout.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.