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Appeal for witnesses following a series of robberies in the Riverside Park area of Southampton

Alert message sent 07/01/2021 10:57:00

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We are appealing for information as part of an investigation into four robberies in the Riverside Park area of Southampton between 2 January and 3 January.

The first incident took place between 5.30pm and 6pm on Saturday 2 January.

The victim, an 18-year-old man, was walking through Riverside Park from Cobden Bridge in Southampton when he was approached by a group of five males.

One or two of the males were on bikes and another was on an e-scooter.

One of the males asked the victim where he was from before threatening him and stealing his air pods.

The 18-year-old man was attacked during the incident and sustained an injury to his jaw.

Officers are keen to identify a woman who spoke to the victim after the incident and told him to run away. This person may be able to help with our investigation. The woman was described as wearing a burgundy coat. Was this you?

The second incident took place between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 3 January.

The victims, three men aged 18, 20 and 22 were walking through Riverside Park, Southampton, when they were approached by a group of up to twelve males, some on e-scooters and two on bikes.

One of the males threatened the 20-year-old victim who ran off. The male chased him in the direction of Wessex Lane.

The 18-year-old victim was also threatened by other members of the group before taking his necklace, glasses and two rings.

The third incident took place at around 5.57pm on Sunday 3 January.

The victim, a 13-year-old boy, was walking with his scooter over Cobden Bridge when he was followed by a group of four or five males. Some of the group were on e-scooters and one was riding a bike.

When the victim reached the area close to the church on St Denys Road, the group of males approached him and threatened him before stealing his scooter, Canada Goose coat and a blue bag containing a Nokia phone.

The fourth incident took place at 11.30pm on Sunday 3 January.

The victims, two men aged 20 and 21, were walking past the children’s cycle training area in Riverside Park when they were approached by a group of six or seven males. The males threatened the victims before assaulting both men and taking cash from the 20-year-old victim.

The 21-year-old victim suffered a broken eye socket and nose.

Officers are keen to identify two people who were walking a dog at the time of this last incident and may have seen what happened. Was this you?

Were you in these areas at these times? Perhaps you saw something that could help our investigation?

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44210003223.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Officers have increased patrols in the area. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to one of them.
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Sarah Cartwright (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire)

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