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Witness appeal after reported theft and robbery in Bournemouth

18 June 2018
Detectives investigating a reported theft and a robbery in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The first incident happened at around 7.45pm on Friday 15 June 2018 when it is alleged that a 16-year-old boy was approached near to Bournemouth Pier by a group of teenage boys and assaulted before having his wallet taken. The boy suffered a black eye.

A second incident was reported to have occurred a short time later at around 8.30pm on the beach near to the pier. It is alleged a 14-year-old boy was approached by a group of teenage boys and had a portable speaker taken. No threats were made on this occasion.

Detectives investigating both reports believe the incidents to be linked.

A 14-year-old boy from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of theft and robbery and has been released under investigation.

Detective Constable Dave Pearce, of Bournemouth CID, said: "I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the relevant times and witnessed anything that could assist with my investigation 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 55180092470. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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