A schoolboy was robbed as he walked through Whittaker Park in broad daylight yesterday.
After getting off a public bus on Haslingden Road the 14-year-old was followed into the park in Rawtenstall by a man.
As the boy approached the bowling green he looked around and saw the man running towards him with his hood up.
DC Neil Scholes of Rossendale CID said: “The offender got hold of the boy by his shoulder and told him to empty his pockets and hand over his mobile phone. He took his money and watch and ran off in the direction of Haslingden Road."
The incident happened on Tuesday, September 27 at 3.45pm.
Police are searching for a white male with a local accent, approximately 20 years old, 5ft 10', clean shaven with a stocky build, who was wearing a grey hooded top with blue stripes down the arms and black tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Rossendale CID on 01706 237 347.