Man charged in connection with Boscombe robberies

A 26-year-old local man has been charged in connection with two robberies in the Boscombe area earlier this week.

The first offence occurred at the Best-in convenience store on Palmerston Road at 4.10pm on Monday 1 December. The second robbery, of the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Seabourne Road close to Portman Terrace, took place at around 5.45pm on Wednesday 3 December.

26-year-old Ben Beck, from Bournemouth, was arrested this morning (Sunday 7 December). Following interview, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised Dorset Police to charge him with two counts of robbery in connection with these robberies. He will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Acting Detective Inspector Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID said: “I know that offences like this can understandably cause worry in the local area, particularly for shopkeepers and staff.

“We have worked swiftly to investigate these robberies, issuing information and CCTV appeals quickly to the public, and carrying out a number of detailed investigative activities.

“As a man is now charged in connection with both offences, so I cannot go into further details at this time.”

Issued: 7 December 2014 (Updated 8.10pm)

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