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Police appeal for information after man wearing dress and clown mask carries out robbery in Middleton-in-Teesdale

POLICE are appealing for information after a man carried out a robbery while wearing a dress, a clown mask and washing-up gloves.
The person entered the Co-operative store in Middleton-in-Teesdale at 9.20pm on Wednesday, September 21. The robber assaulted a shop worker after being challenged.
DC Mick Rutherford, from Durham Police, said: “This male proceeded to remove alcohol and cigarettes from the shop displays before being challenged by a member of staff who was assaulted.
“The male left the store carrying several packets of Lambert and Butler and Windsor cigarettes.
“Officers from South Durham CID are keen to trace the source of this clothing and its current whereabouts. The dress is described as dark in colour which appears to have a light coloured circular pattern, possibly floral in design. It is short sleeved and is estimated to be ankle length.
“The  clown mask is white with fake hair attached, the gloves may be a rubber type used for washing dishes.”
Insp Kevin Tuck, from Barnard Castle Police, said: “Despite searches in the vicinity we have been unable to locate these items.
“We are asking residents in Middleton to check their gardens and property to help locate the items which may have been discarded shortly after the commission of the offence.
“A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.”
Anyone who has recently seen any person wearing a similar combination of clothing, has experienced the theft of this clothing, or have found similar clothing discarded in the Middleton-In-Teesdale area are urged to contact DC Michael Rutherford at South Durham CID, Telephone 101 Ext. 742311.
The crime has left the community shocked with one resident describing it as “sick”.


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