04 July 2019
Two men have been charged following a detailed investigation by detectives into reported knifepoint robbery incidents in Bournemouth town centre.
At 5pm on Monday 1 July 2019 a report was received that a local man aged in his 20s was walking through the grounds of St Peters Church off Hinton Road when a man approached him from behind, produced a machete-type knife and demanded money. A small amount of cash and a mobile phone were reportedly stolen.
At 6.45pm that same evening Dorset Police received a report from a woman who said she saw a man running toward Bournemouth Lower Gardens armed with a knife. A further call was received from a man who stated he had been threatened by a man with a knife at around 6pm. He alleged that demands were made for money, although nothing was handed over.
Following enquiries by officers, two men were arrested.
A 19-year-old Bournemouth man has been charged with attempted robbery, robbery and two offences of possessing a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place. He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday 4 July 2019.
An 18-year-old Bournemouth man was also charged with handling stolen goods. He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9 August 2019.
Detective Inspector Gavin House, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are continuing to make enquiries into these matters and I would urge anyone with information about these incidents or who has been approached in similar circumstances to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190100251. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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