Ap­peal for wit­nesses af­ter rob­beries hours apart

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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