Robberies in Newcastle city centre
04 Nov 2016 11:46 AM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for witnesses after two robberies in Newcastle city centre.
Around 2:30am on Friday, November 4, an 18-year-old man was approached from behind by a group of around seven or eight people in Kings Walk, near the University. He was knocked to the ground and had his wallet and his mobile phone stolen.
Then at 2:49am we received a report that a 19-year-old man had also been attacked and robbed on Windsor Terrace, Jesmond, near to the Robinson Library. His wallet and phone were also stolen in a similar style robbery.
Officers attended and arrested three males, aged 15/19/20, and one woman, aged 18, on suspicion of robbery. They are currently in custody.
City centre Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Wearing said: "Both of the victims in these incidents were students and we are visiting both Northumbria and Newcastle universities today to pass on crime prevention advice. While we work closely with the local Universities, and have a number of initiatives throughout the year around vulnerability and crime prevention, I am appealing to students themselves to think about their own safety. When they are out and about it is advised that they keep valuables such as mobile phones secure and out of sight, and to also plan routes and methods of getting home in advance; looking out for friends and fellow students along the way."
Enquiries are on-going into these incidents and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 70 04/11/16.