A manhunt is underway for a thug who held a knife to a baby's throat and demanded that a grandmother hand over her purse during a terrifying robbery.

A woman in her 40s was taking her 19-month-old grandson for a walk in Normamby, North Yorkshire, when the man jumped out of the bushes in front of her and demanded her purse.

When the victim refused the man produced a knife and placed it to her grandchild’s throat.

The terrified woman then handed over her purse and the man ran away in another direction.

She described the suspect to police as an ‘Asian male’ with ‘very bad teeth’ and a ‘foreign accent’.

The robbery took place in the town of Normanby in North Yorkshire
 

Both the grandmother and the young baby were unharmed during the incident which took place between 5pm and 6pm on Friday evening.

The culprit is believed to be in his early twenties, around 6ft tall, with a medium build and short black hair.

He was wearing a black tracksuit with one red stripe down the side and a black leather belt with a pouch around his waist.

He was wearing black and gold ‘Nike’ brand trainers.

DC Lewis Mackfall, said: “This was clearly a terrifying incident for the victim and very distressing as it involved a threat of violence against her grandchild.

“We’re appealing for anyone who might have seen a man matching this description to speak to us urgently by calling 101 with reference number 086712.”

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted along the same stretch of footpath in Normanby in February.

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