Two knifepoint robberies of teens

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Two teenagers were robbed at knifepoint in separate incidents on Wednesday evening (December 5).

The robberies happened between 8.30pm and 8.40pm in Needwood Road and the Basketball Court off Ettrick Drive.

Both incidents are believed to have been committed by the same offender, who is described as being a black male, in his mid to late teens, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing a black hooded top, dark bottoms, and a black bandana which covered his face. The offender was carrying a six to seven-inch kitchen knife.

The first robbery occurred as a 15-year-old boy was walking home along Needwood Road. The offender leapt out from behind a wheelie bin and threatened the teenager with the knife, before grabbing the victim’s mobile phone and running off down an alleyway towards Hamsterley Close.

The second robbery happened as the 16-year-old victim was walking close to the basketball court off Ettrick Road. The offender approached him and asked for the time which the victim gave him after looking at his mobile phone.

Moments later the offender approached him again, held the knife to his stomach, and demanded he handed over the phone which the victim did. The offender then fled and the victim made his way home and the police were called.

Neither victim suffered injury during the attacks, but both were left extremely upset and shaken by the robberies.

Detective Constable Emma Dahl is keen to hear from anyone who was in the Needwood Road or Ettrick Road areas at the time of the robberies and may have seen anything suspicious.

Det Con Dahl said: “These were two very frightening and upsetting experiences for the victims and it is vital that we find the person responsible as quickly as possible and stop him from committing any further offences.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robberies or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”

If you have information relating to this incident, contact Det Con Dahl, in confidence, on 01234 275357, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at