A Nelson schoolboy was held up at knifepoint and robbed of his his lunch while he was walking to school this morning.
The 14-year-old was walking along the Railway Reserve about 8.40am, just north of Nelson Intermediate, when he was approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded he hand over his school bag, police said.
The offender rifled the boy's bag and took his lunch before running off. Police said the boy was very shaken by the incident.
Police wanted to hear from anyone who was in the Railway Reserve area about the time of the incident.
The man was described as possibly Maori, in his 30s. He was 1.87m and rough-shaven, police said.
He was wearing a grey beanie, blue-green raincoat and shiny blue-black track pants.