Lincolnshire Police are investigating after two robbery reports in Lincoln city centre this afternoon.
Officers say a man has walked into Martins newsagents on Sincil Street just after 12.30pm on Monday, April 24 and demanded money from the staff.
He stated he had a gun, although police have stated no weapon was seen.
Shortly after at 12.40pm a man matching the same description reportedly grabbed a woman from behind on the steps leading from the High Street to the Glory Hole area, towards the Brayford Pool.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “No one was seriously injured, although those involved in these incidents are badly shaken.
“The man is described as in his late 20s with long hair in a pony tail, wearing a blue coat, white shoes/trainers with collar length hair.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting 171 of today.
“The national charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at crimestoppers-uk.org.”