Avon and Somerset Police in Bath are appealing for information to trace two people who threatened a man and a woman with a knife in Royal Victoria Park.
The two separate incidents happened on Tuesday afternoon, 24th June, at around 5.30-5.45pm.
The first was near the bandstand when a 31-year-old man walking past intervened in a disturbance. Two people, one a young woman and the other possibly a man, both with waist-length hair, started following him.
They asked for money and one produced a knife with an eight-inch blade and a four-inch black handle. They followed the man through the Charlotte Street car park and into Crescent Gardens, where he stopped a passing police car and reported what had happened.
The second incident was a few minutes later near the park’s duck pond. A 34-year-old woman walking past was approached by the two people and asked for money. One threatened to cut her, and she noticed what appeared to be the handle of a knife in the person’s trouser pocket. She walked on and called police.
One of the suspects is described as of transgender appearance, probably a man, of mixed race or Mediterranean, around 25 years old, 6ft 2ins tall, skinny, clean shaven with heavy make-up and a nose piercing.
He/she had waist-length black hair shaved short at the sides, and was wearing black denim shorts and a black Ramones vest top.
The second suspect is of Mediterranean appearance, aged about 20, of heavier build, with waist-length blonde hair. She was wearing a white vest top with her stomach visible, blue denim shorts and light-coloured shoes. The pair spoke in local accents and possibly Spanish.
Bath Inspector Clive Summerill said: “These are serious incidents and we are obviously keen to trace those responsible. It was a hot day and the park would have been busy that afternoon, so we are asking anyone who may have seen these two distinctive-looking people to get in touch and tell us what they can.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Bath police on 101 quoting crime reference number 63540/14.