Detectives are hunting a gang of men over two street robberies within five minutes of each other in Doncaster
The first victim was a 41-year-old man who was targeted as he walked home from the Conyers Pub in Conisbrough.
He was kicked and punched by three men who approached him in Gardens Lane, at the junction with Ivanhoe Road, at 9.30pm on Sunday.
The men pulled up in a silver vehicle before attacking their victim and stealing his wallet and IPhone.
Five minutes later a 19-year-old man was ambushed as he walked with his 16-year-old girlfriend along Station Road, Conisbrough.
His robbers, who were also seen getting out of a silver vehicle, approached the man before grabbing him around his neck, hitting him and biting his ear.
The men rifled through his pockets while he was on the ground and grabbed his girlfriend’s handbag before driving off.
PC Alex Owen said: “We are unsure exactly what order the incidents happened however due to the descriptions of the men and the vehicle involved they are being treated as linked.
“In both cases the assaults were aggressive and unprovoked and the victims are receiving support from specialist officers.
“We are following a number of lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV, to try and establish who is responsible.
“If anyone did see or hear anything please do make contact.”
One of the robbers was white, around 6ft tall, had blond hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.