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District nurse robbed while on duty – police call for information

Nurse was forced to hand over sharps box during incident in Greater Manchester
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Nurse was forced to hand over sharps box during incident in Greater Manchester

Police are appealing for information after a district nurse was robbed while on her patient rounds.

The nurse was between visits in the town of Golborne, Greater Manchester, at around 8.30am on 18 November when she was approached by a man demanding drugs.

Man claimed he carried a knife

Despite explaining that she was not carrying any medication, the man then told her he had a knife and demanded she hand over the sharps box she was carrying.

Although she did not see a knife, the man had his right hand in his pocket, so she handed over the box.

Nurse used self-defence spray with distinctive colour

When the suspect followed the nurse to her nearby car, she sprayed him in the

Nurse was forced to hand over sharps box during incident in Greater Manchester


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Police are appealing for information after a district nurse was robbed while on her patient rounds.

The nurse was between visits in the town of Golborne, Greater Manchester, at around 8.30am on 18 November when she was approached by a man demanding drugs.

Man claimed he carried a knife

Despite explaining that she was not carrying any medication, the man then told her he had a knife and demanded she hand over the sharps box she was carrying.

Although she did not see a knife, the man had his right hand in his pocket, so she handed over the box.

Nurse used self-defence spray with distinctive colour

When the suspect followed the nurse to her nearby car, she sprayed him in the face with a self-defence spray, which issues a red dye.

The dye is difficult to remove and would have been present on his face and upper body for several days.

The man then ran away down May Street in the direction of Poplar Street.

Police issue physical details of robber

The suspect is described as white, in his thirties, gaunt-looking, with short, dark hair, and he was wearing a ribbed, black puffer jacket, dirty blue jeans and black trainers.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Further information

RCN guidance on keeping safe when working alone


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