Victims threatened with knives in Portsmouth

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TWO teenage boys were threatened with knives in separate robberies in Portsmouth on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy was approached by a man wearing a light grey tracksuit just after 5pm in Magdalen Road.

He was on his paper round when the suspect walked up to him and asked for the time. He pulled out a knife and demanded the victim’s phone.

The boy did not hand over his phone and rode away on his bike.

Between 5.25pm and 5.30pm, a 14-year-old boy was heading home on his skateboard when he noticed two men on a bike riding along Randolph Road.

As the victim turned into Madeira Road, a man in a light grey tracksuit got off the bike and jogged towards him.

The suspect asked the victim what the time was so the victim took his phone out of his pocket to look at the time. The suspect produced a knife and demanded that the victim hand over his phone.

Having stolen a white iPhone 4S, the suspect ran off towards Windermere Road. Neither of the victims was injured.

The first suspect is white, with a slim face and a small amount of stubble, aged about 20 and 5ft 7in.

He is of an average build with a local accent and with ginger or light brown hair.

He wore a light grey tracksuit with a white Nike tick on the chest area and white trainers.

The second suspect wore a dark grey tracksuit and rode a dark coloured mountain bike.

Detective Constable Stephen Bourne from Fratton CID said: ‘We need to track down the people responsible for these offences as we will not allow the threat of violence or knives on the streets of Portsmouth.’

A 16-year-old boy from Lee-on-the-Solent and a 16-year-old boy from Portsmouth have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are being questioned by police.

Call Det Con Bourne at Fratton police station by phoning 101.