PUNCHED in the face, a man was robbed in broad daylight in Calne at the weekend.

Around 5.20pm on Saturday, (May 19) a 45-year-old man and his 12-year-old son were walking alongside the river behind the Co-Op, and when they reached the path near to the bridge that leads towards The Glebe were approached by two men.

One of the men punched the 45-year-old man in the face and stole a sum of cash. The two men, one on a pushbike, made off in the direction of the Co-Op.

The victim was taken to Great Western Hospital with a head injury which required stitches.

Two men, aged 26 and 33, both from Calne, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to Melksham custody. They have been released under investigation. Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery.

Detective Sergeant Debbie Hatch said: “Enquiries were carried out following the incident, and two people were arrested. They have since been released while our enquiries continue.

“Although not seriously injured, the victim did require hospital treatment as a result of the assault. Fortunately, his son was not injured.

“This incident happened in broad daylight and we believe there would have been witnesses. If you have any information, please contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”