Appeal following Abbey Park robberies

Issued on 14/3/19 at 3:30 p.m.

Incident number: 19*122409

Officers are appealing for public help after two reports of knife point robberies that happened at the weekend in Abbey Park, Leicester.

The first incident happened at around 10.10pm on Saturday night (9 March) when a man was walking through the park.

As he was close to the car park he was approached by three men who threatened him with a knife before stealing his car keys. They subsequently stole his silver Vauxhall Astra which was parked in the car park.

The stolen car has been since been found abandoned on Gipsy Lane, Leicester after it failed to stop for police.

The second incident happened at around 10.15pm when a man had left his car in the car park to walk and collect a friend. He was approached nearby by three men who threatened him with a knife before he managed to get back into his car and drive off unharmed.

Two Leicester men aged 26 and 28 have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Simon Clarke, the investigating officer, said: “I would like to appeal directly to anyone that may have been close to St Margaret’s pastures car park around the time of the incidents and seen either of the incidents taking place.

“We are aware that other vehicles were parked in the car park when the offences took place and I’d like to appeal to anyone who may have any information regarding what happened or know the people responsible to please get in touch. Evidence such as dash cam footage may also be of assistance to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 1613 Clarke on 101 quoting 19*122409.

If you have information in response to this appeal please contact us on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your personal details won't be taken, information isn't traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

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