Man arrested following reported knifepoint robberies in Bournemouth

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Detectives investigating a number of reported knifepoint robberies in Bournemouth have arrested a man.

 Four incidents were reported to have occurred on the night of Tuesday 24 November 2020 and on each occasion it is alleged the victims were approached by a man who threatened them with a knife and demanded their mobile phones. 

 The first incident is alleged to have occurred near to the Lansdowne Roundabout at around 9.25pm, the second near to East Cliff by Bournemouth Beach at around 9.35pm and the third at the junction of Landsdowne Road and Holdenhurst Road at around 11pm. The fourth robbery was reported to have occurred near to Asda at St Pauls Roundabout at around 11.15pm.

 All of the victims on the night of Tuesday 24 November were men aged in their 20s.

 A further robbery, involving similar circumstances, was reported to have occurred at around 11.30pm on Monday 30 November 2020 in Howard Road. On this occasion the victim was a man aged in his 40s.

 On Wednesday 2 December 2020 a CCTV appeal was issued featuring an image of a man detectives wished to trace.  

 At 8.35pm on Thursday 3 December 2020 Dorset Police was called to a report of a sixth robbery offence in Lowther Road. Officers attended and carried out a search of the area, assisted by the NPAS helicopter and the dog section. A 23-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

 Detective Sergeant Karen Penn, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “Our investigation into these incidents remain ongoing and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident in Lowther Road, or those that reportedly occurred in the other locations mentioned, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200177194. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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