Arrests made as police seek witnesses who interrupted alleged robbery in Poole

30 April 2016
Detectives are appealing for a group of men who interrupted an alleged robbery in Poole to make contact with them.

Between 11pm and 11:30pm last night (Friday 29 April 2016), a local man in his 20s was approached by three males as he walked down an alleyway between Blindon Close and Herbert Avenue.

One of the group is alleged to have threatened the victim with a knife, while others demanded his cash and mobile phone.

While this was taking place, a second group of four or five men entered the alleyway from the Blindon Close end. They noticed what was happening, shouted at the suspects and called the victim towards them. The suspects then ran away via the Herbert Avenue exit and the victim left the scene via Blindon Close.

Detective Sergeant Greg Tansill of Bournemouth CID said: "Fortunately, the victim was not injured and none of his property was stolen. However, this was obviously a frightening event and the  group of Good Samaritans may have stopped it becoming even worse.

"It is heartening to know these good people were in the area and were willing to take action to help a stranger, without knowing the potential danger. I commend them for their actions, but also urge them to make contact with us. They will have been important witnesses and any information they provide could prove crucial.

"If they are reading this, or if anyone knows who they are, please make contact with Dorset Police."

Shortly after the incident was reported to police, a group of three males matching the descriptions of the suspects were located and arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery. The 24, 21 and 16 year-olds, all from Poole, are currently in police custody being interviewed.

Anyone that could help is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 55160066410. Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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