Two ar­rests after spate of street rob­beries

‘Sword’ used in al­leged mug­ging, po­lice say

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON

PO­LICE have ar­rested two men fol­low­ing re­ports of a spate of street rob­beries.

De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing four in­ci­dents all al­leged to have taken place in Ac­cring­ton on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cers said that they re­ceived re­ports that a knife was used in one in­ci­dent and what is be­lieved to have been a sword was used in an­other.

TWO men have been ar­rested after re­ports of a se­ries of street rob­beries.

De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing four in­ci­dents all al­leged to have taken place in Ac­cring­ton on Mon­day.

Po­lice re­sponded to re­ports that a 16-year-old girl and two friends handed over mo­bile phones dur­ing a rob­bery on Lan­caster Av­enue Ac­cring­ton shortly be­fore 2pm.

It is also al­leged that two 15-year-old boys were robbed on Owen Street at the junc­tion of Bel­garth Road at around 6.20pm and handed over a small amount of cash. De­tec­tives are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of two other al­leged rob­beries in Ac­cring­ton on the same day.

The first is al­leged to have hap­pened shortly be­fore 1.30pm close to Asda on Hyn­d­burn Road by two men armed with a knife. The sec­ond al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened near to Platt So­cial Club shortly be­fore 8.15pm when it is al­leged a man was ap­proached and threat­ened with ‘what ap­peared to be a sword’, po­lice said.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Rach Hig­son said: “These are se­ri­ous of­fences which I ap­pre­ci­ate will have caused some con­cern in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We have a team of of­fi­cers mak­ing en­quiries and de­tec­tives are work­ing closely with the Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team to proac­tively iden­tify and lo­cate the of­fend­ers. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact us on 101.”

Two men aged 28 and 32 were ar­rested and re­mained in cus­tody for ques­tion­ing as the Ob­server went to press.

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