Dan­ger that lurks on streets of Troon

Two men now at­tacked in town by a pair of mys­tery thugs

Ayrshire Post - - Troon - STEPHEN HOUS­TON

Troon town cen­tre has been hit by two vi­o­lent street rob­beries in just over two weeks.

Both were near iden­ti­cal, each car­ried out by a pair of thugs, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion the same gang are to blame.

The lat­est at­tack saw a pen­sioner thrust again the wall of a build­ing in Tem­ple­hill.

The 74- year- old had been out on New Year’s Day when he was preyed on.

Two brutes pounced on him from the rear and hit him as he made his way home after be­ing in the Har­bour Bar.

They then thrust his face up against the wall in the lane which leads to Bradan Road while they ri­fled his pock­ets.

The vic­tim was left stunned and his face was pep­pered with cuts.

The hoods ran off with all his money. After dark on De­cem­ber 13 two hoods ap­proached a young man round the cor­ner in Port­land Street.

They threat­ened a 23- year- old with vi­o­lence and es­caped with his wal­let.

That hap­pened out­side the es­tate agent Co­rum and one of the thugs had dark hair and de­spite the cold was wear­ing shorts.

One of them men was in­volved in a fur­ther an­gry in­ci­dent in Bank Street.

Speak­ing about the lat­est at­tack, Ayr De­tec­tive Sergeant Jane Hogg: “I am ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to ask any­one who ei­ther wit­nessed the event or has in­for­ma­tion about it to con­tact po­lice.

“I would also ask mo­torists in­clud­ing taxi driv­ers to con­sider whether they were in the area at this time and ask that if they wit­nessed the event or have dash­cam footage that they also con­tact us.

“En­quiries are still on­go­ing and it is im­por­tant that we do ev­ery­thing we can to catch the men re­spon­si­ble.”

De­tec­tives have been scan­ning lo­cal CCTV and they be­lieve both at­tacks are linked. It is un­der­stood a def­i­nite line of in­quiry is be­ing fol­lowed.

Tem­ple­hill Scene of the hor­ri­ble at­tack on a 74- year- old man. He was jumped in the lane.

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