A MAN in his mobility scooter was pushed to the ground, as thieves demanded his mobile phone in an attempted robbery in a Stourport nature reserve.

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident at Burlish Top Nature Reserve, near Gould Avenue West, between 9am and 9.30am on Thursday, August 3.

A man, in his 40's, was travelling on his mobility scooter, while walking his dogs.

Four men are reported to have approached the victim, appearing to move over to allow him past - when the victim suddenly felt pain to his face and was pushed over the ground.

One of the four is then reported to have demanded the victim's phone, while a second man searched his pockets for valuables.

Nothing was taken during the incident and the victim suffered minor face and shoulder injuries as a result.

A spokesman from West Mercia Police said: "The first man is described as white, 18 to 19-years-old and around 6ft2, well built and was wearing a yellow hooded jacket with the hood partially up and dark jogging bottoms with two white stripes down the side. He has a distinctive tattoo across his left temple and cheek in the style of a flame.

"The second man is described as white, 18 or 19-years-old, 6ft to 6ft2 inches tall and of a skinny build. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood fully up and a logo on it, dark coloured jogging bottoms and is described as appearing dirty in appearance with very dirty oil-stained hands and prominent body odour.

"The other two men are described as being a similar age and of average build and were also wearing dark hooded tops and jogging bottoms. One of the two is believed have had a short goatee-style beard and all four are described as speaking with Irish accents."

Enquiries are ongoing and investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or seen anyone matching the description of the four men.

Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 458S of August 3.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111 or by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.