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Appeal for witnesses following reported robbery in Swanage

14 September 2021
Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following an alleged robbery in Swanage – with four people arrested.

It was reported that at around 10.15pm on Monday 13 September 2021 the victim – a teenage boy – walked past a silver Vauxhall Corsa on the forecourt of Texaco in Victoria Avenue, when a verbal altercation occurred with the occupants of the vehicle.

Three people got out of the car and one of the group allegedly threatened the victim with a flick knife, before a second person reportedly grabbed him around the chest and punched him in the head. It was reported that the group stole the victim’s bag and jacket. 

The victim did not sustain any serious injuries or require medical treatment.

Officers carried out searches of the area and a silver Vauxhall Corsa was located on Sandford Road in Wareham. 

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, and two 18-year-old men – all from Poole – have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. They are all currently assisting detectives with their enquiries.

Detective Constable David Barnes, of Weymouth CID, said: “Our investigation is underway and I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed what happened to please come forward.

“I would urge any motorists who were travelling along Victoria Avenue around the time of the reported incident to please check their dashcam for relevant footage to assist my enquiries.”

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 55210148427. 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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