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Two men arrested following Old Christchurch Road robberies

Police have arrested two men following robberies at two addresses on Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth over the last three days.

The first robbery took place at the Betfred bookmakers at around 7pm on Thursday 4 December. Two offenders wearing black clothes and armed with kitchen-style knives threatened a member of staff and stole a quantity of money.

The second offence, at the McColls convenience store, happened at around 4pm yesterday (Saturday 6 December). A single offender, also wearing black clothes and holding a kitchen knife, threatened staff and stole an amount of cash.

Following extensive investigations overnight, two people were arrested this morning (Sunday 7 December) at an address in Bournemouth town centre. The 46-year-old and 27-year-old men, both from Bournemouth, have been arrested on suspicion of both offences and are currently in police custody.

Acting Detective Inspector Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID said: “Detectives are currently interviewing the suspects in relation to these two offences, so I am limited in what I can say at this time.

“While incidents of this nature are statistically very low in Bournemouth, I understand that local people will still be concerned when they happen, particularly when a number take place in a short period of time.

“I would like to reassure the public that we responded quickly to both of these robberies, with a team of officers working overnight and throughout the weekend to investigate these offences and arrest two suspects.”

ISSUED: 7 December 2014