Four teenagers robbed in two day time attacks

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POLICE are linking two robberies which took place just streets apart.

On both occasions teenage boys in Leigh Park were targeted.

In the first incident, between 3.15pm and 3.30pm, two 17-year-olds were attacked by three youths in Riders Lane.

One of the boys was punched in the face and his mobile phone was stolen. He did not require medical treatment.

The other victim handed over his mobile phone when it was demanded and was not injured.

Approximately half an hour later in Prospect Lane a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were also attacked and assaulted, and they also had their mobile phones stolen by suspects using similar threats and described in a similar way.

Police are now trying to find witnesses to the robberies which took place Thursday, February 3.

Detective Constable Kirsty Burridge said: ‘This kind of criminal behaviour is entirely unacceptable and we are very keen to make sure those responsible do not get away with it.

‘We would appeal for anyone who witnessed the robberies take place, or has information about who committed them, to come forward as soon as possible.

‘Also, if anyone is aware of similar incidents in the area around the time, they should let us know.’

A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, both from Havant, have been arrested in connection with these incidents.

They have been bailed until March 4.

Anyone with information should contact Havant police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.