Appeal to trace potential victims of robberies in the city centre

Issued on 19/2/19 at 3:14 p.m.

Incident number: 19*81905

Detectives investigating robberies across the city centre are urging anyone who may have been a victim and not reported the incidents to the police to do so.

Since October last year enquiries have been conducted after a number of victims reported being approached and threatened before cash and mobile phones were stolen.

In some cases a knife has been mentioned but not seen. No one has been injured during the incidents but have understandably been left quite shaken by what happened.

In the last couple of weeks Operation Hologram was launched by the force to tackle the robberies and officers have been carrying extensive enquiries including trawling CCTV and speaking to people in the area.

At the weekend two people were arrested after three robberies were reported in Bede Park area of Leicester on Thursday (14 February) and Saturday (16 February). They have since been charged with those offences and remanded back in to police custody after the courts granted officers extra time to question them further.

Detective Constable Dan Thorpe is investigating the incidents. He said: “We know some offences that have occurred may not have been reported to the police and we’re urging those victims to come forward.

“There may be many reasons for not reporting it but we can only tackle this issue if we have a full picture of when and where the offences have occurred and obtained suspect descriptions.

“If you have been a victim or have any information about the incidents please get in touch. We’d like to reassure those living and working in the area that we are taking these reports extremely seriously and ask the public to remain vigilant and think about their personal safety when out and about.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1097 Thorpe on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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