Two men arrested after students in Bede Park forced to withdraw £250 from cashpoint

By Jacob Moseley 

Two men have been charged with carrying out three robberies in Leicester’s Bede Park.

The men were arrested after two De Montfort University (DMU) students were threatened and made to withdraw £250 from the Co-op cashpoint at the end of Briton Street on Saturday(FEB16).

The suspects have been charged with that offence, plus two other robberies, including on Thursday last week. They were remanded into police custody after the courts granted officers extra time to question them further.

The two victims were walking away from DMU on Saturday when they were approached by the men near the children’s play area.

Detectives have since urged anyone who may have been a victim of a robbery across Leicester and not reported the incidents to the police to do so.

They have been investigating since October last year after various victims reported being approached and threatened before cash and mobile phones were stolen.

In some cases a knife was mentioned but not seen. No-one was injured during the incidents but have understandably been left quite shaken by what happened.

Police launched Operation Hologram in recent weeks to tackle the robberies and officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries including trawling CCTV and speaking to people in the area.

Detective Constable Dan Thorpe, who is investigating the incidents, said: “We know some offences that have occurred may not have been reported to the police and we’re urging those victims to come forward.

“There may be many reasons for not reporting it but we can only tackle this issue if we have a full picture of when and where the offences have occurred and obtained suspect descriptions.

“If you have been a victim or have any information about the incidents please get in touch. We’d like to reassure those living and working in the area that we are taking these reports extremely seriously and ask the public to remain vigilant and think about their personal safety when out and about.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1097 Thorpe on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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