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18th May, 2022

Teens forced to hand over cash and phones after being threatened and robbed in Stratford

Laura Kearns 12th Aug, 2020

TEENAGERS were forced to hand over cash and mobile phones after being threatened and robbed in Stratford.

Police were called at around 5pm on Tuesday (August 11) to a report four teenagers between ages 14 and 16 had been robbed on Waterside.

The victims were approached by five men and boys, believed to be wearing tracksuits, who are alleged to have threatened them and made them hand over cash, bank cards and mobile phones.

The group are understood to have left the scene in the direction of Holy Trinity Church just off the canal towpath.

Officers arrested two teenage boys, aged 15, in Bankcroft Gardens and on Bridge Street. They were arrested suspicion of robbery and carrying a blade in a public place. Both remain in police custody.

Insp Ian Williams said: “This was understandably a frightening experience for the victims who were left shaken following the incident.

“While we have arrested two people, we are still trying to identify a further three suspects and would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the area at the time of the incident to please get in touch.

“Any information no matter how small could help with our ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or ring 0800 555 111 to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

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