Teenagers robbed in Portsmouth by man claiming to have a knife

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TWO teenagers were robbed by a man who told the pair he was carrying a knife.

The victims aged 15 and 16, had been sat on a bench in park area between Princes Street and Victoria Street, in Buckland, and were listening to music on their mobile phones.

They were approached by a man who snatched the phone from the one of the victim’s hand. He then threatened them, told them that he had a knife and told them to hand over more property.

The teenagers then got up and walked backwards away from the thief, who then cycled off on a red and silver coloured mountain bike.

He got away with a HTC Desire S mobile phone.

Detective Constable Dave Anderson, of Fratton police station, said: ‘The location of this robbery is overseen by a number of houses and flats. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened, or who saw the offender prior to or after the attack, to come forward and speak to us.’

The incident took place between 6.30pm and 7pm on Saturday, November 19.

Anyone with information should contact DC Anderson at Fratton CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.