Boys aged 14 and 16 ‘robbed by blade-wielding teen’ in Hemel Hempstead
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Two young boys, aged 14 and 16, were reportedly robbed by a ‘blade-wielding’ teenager near a shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead.
Police say the incidents are thought to have happened at The Marlowes Shopping Centre between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday (April 5).
At around 2.15pm, a 14-year-old boy was allegedly threatened into handing over his mobile phone, in a loading bay behind Waterstones.
Then, at around 3.30pm, a 16-year-old boy was allegedly threatened into handing over his wallet.
No one was hurt during the incidents, which are currently being treated as linked.
A 15-year-old boy from Hemel Hempstead has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, possession of a bladed article and possession of Class A.
He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
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PC Daniel Noyes, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “Our enquiries are continuing at this time and an arrest has been made.
“As part of our ongoing investigation, we’d be keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the incidents take place, or anyone who witnessed a male acting suspiciously.
“If you can help, please get in touch.”
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