A GROUP of men demanded money from a pensioner and threatened him with violence in Leominster.

The victim, a man in his 60s, was allegedly approached by three men near the Co-Op in Dishley Street at around 3.30am on New Year’s Day.

The group left empty handed, but PC Alan Tobey said that the victim defused the situation by shaking the hand of the man who demanded money and wishing him a Happy New Year.

“Thankfully, the victim walked away unhurt and with all his belongings on him,” said PC Tobey.

“While attempted robberies like this are rare in Leominster, when they do happen, we naturally take them very seriously.”

Two men, both in their 20s, and a man in his late teens have since been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information can call PC Tobey on 0300 333 3000, quoting reference 811-S-010113.