Arrests made but spate of muggings continues
WALKERS and cyclists in Leamington are being warned to be alert to would-be robbers following a spate of attacks in the town during recent weeks.
Police officers have arrested a man over the latest in a string of robberies, most of which occurred along the canal towpath, while three teenagers have been charged in relation to earlier offences.
During the past month, muggers along the canal have attacked and stolen a wallet belonging to a man in his 60s near Clapham Terrace, pushed a young cyclist into the water near Clemens Street and taken his wallet and stolen the phone of a walker near Emscote Road.
Another cyclist was threatened with a knife and punched in the face as he pedalled along the canal near the former Ford foundry site. His attackers then took his wallet and bicycle.
And on Monday afternoon, a would-be robber attacked a man who was walking through Jephson Gardens. The attacker punched him in the face, but after being pushed away, he ran off and did not manage to steal anything. A 39-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the incident and released on bail.
All incidents are being investigated by the Leamington acquisitive crime team, whose officers have charged three teenagers and arrested seven other people in relation to the recent thefts and robberies.
A spokesman for the team said: “Regardless of the time of day people are using the towpath, they should remain vigilant and take extra security precautions - in particular ensuring they keep valuable items such as phones and wallets out of view.”
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call 415000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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