Business woman robbed of takings in Belle Isle

Police are appealing for information after a business owner was robbed of her takings in Belle Isle.

At about 11.30pm on Wednesday night (25 January 2017), the victim, a 40-year-old woman, was driving along Broom Grove, Belle Isle, when she was forced to stop by a small silver car which had pulled alongside her car and then boxed her in.

Two suspects armed with baseball bats got out the vehicle and opened her driver and passenger doors and banged on her car demanding money.

They then opened a rear door and took a large amount of cash from the victim’s business. The men drove off in the silver car, possibly a 2000-plate Vauxhall Corsa, towards Broom Place.

The driver was described as black, aged in his early twenties, slim and 5ft 9ins to 5ft 11ins tall. He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit, a hat or hood and possibly gloves.

Detective Constable Jonathan Oates, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “The victim was left understandably very distressed by what happened and we are currently carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the men involved.

“We believe the victim has been targeted and would like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation. We would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the silver car in the area either leaving the scene or in the time leading up to the robbery.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 5060 Oates at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13170039520 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.