Appeal for witnesses after robberies hours apart
DETECTIVES in Peterborough are appealing for witnesses to two robberies which happened within hours of one another.
The first incident happened at 11pm on Wednesday, April 25 in Marholm Road when the victim, aged 18, was approached by a man who threatened him and demanded he handed over his rings and phone.
He did this and the man then punched him in the face several times. The victim, who suffered mi- nor injuries, managed to run away.
The offender is described as white, in his 20s, with short dark hair, slim, around 6ft 2ins tall and wearing a dark tracksuit top and bottoms.
The second incident happened at 12.50am on Thursday, April 26 in Sturrock Way when the victim, aged 17, was cycling along the road and was stopped by four men.
The men threatened him and demanded he handed over his wallet but he explained he did not have one.
They then hit him and knocked him to the ground, stealing his mobile phone and bike before leaving. The victim suffered minor injuries.
The men are described as aged between 16 and 20 and wearing dark hooded tops and bottoms.
DC Colin Avis said: “I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about either robbery.
“At this stage we cannot say the two incidents are definitely linked but they have happened in a short space of time and in locations which are fairly close so we remain open minded about that possibility.”
Police are appealing that anyone who witnessed the incident or has information which may aid their inquiries should come forward and contact them as soon as possible.
Anyone with information should contact DC Avis on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.