Police make two arrests following knifepoint robberies

Nottinghamshire Police

A 17-year old boy and a 22-year old man have been arrested after police responded to three reports of knifepoint robberies committed in the West Bridgford and Cattle Market areas on Tuesday evening.

Nottinghamshire Police were first called to Rutland Road Stores in Rutland Road, West Bridgford just before 7.45pm on Tuesday (Tuesday 17 December 2019) to a report that a suspect had entered the store and threatened staff before fleeing on foot.

Officers were on the scene within minutes before, just an hour later later, a subsequent report was received of 19-year old man having been robbed of jewellery at knifepoint in an alleyway near to Rushcliffe Arena.

Officers were again quick to respond, which led to a 17-year old boy being arrested following a short foot chase with the help of a police dog. The boy remains in police custody as detectives continue their enquiries.

A second man – aged 22 – has also been arrested as part of officers’ enquiries, after a man reported sustaining an injury to his hand when his wife’s handbag was stolen during a robbery near to the Cattle Market.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Pym from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Nottinghamshire Police has its own dedicated robbery team to help tackle the issue and ensure that the public can go about their business without the fear of being targeted with violence for their valuables.

“Although this case will undoubtedly have an impact on those who have been targeted, this is another example that shows that our officers will take quick and positive action to respond to reports of this nature. “The speed of our officers’ response has ultimately meant we have been able to make two arrests in connection with these incidents and that our attention can now turn to understanding the circumstances surrounding each report.

“I would encourage anyone who witnessed any of these incidents to come forward as soon as possible to help with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 808 of 17 December 2019.