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Winchester boy arrested after "firearm" robbery in city centre
12:53pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A BOY has been arrested after a student was robbed in Winchester by two men brandishing what the victim thought was a firearm.
A 19-year-old was walking along the footpath from Cromwell Road towards St James’ Lane at around 9pm on Saturday (Sept 21).
About 100 yards along the alleyway, he passed two men who spoke to him and threatened him with what he believed was a small black firearm.
Today a 16-year-old boy from Winchester was arrested on suspicion of robbery and is being questioned by police.
Det Sgt Matt Gillooly, from Winchester CID, said: “The victim was on his way to his friends’ house nearby when this happened and is clearly shaken up by the incident. He’s reported that the offenders used what he describes as a small black firearm. In that respect, this is a very unusual and isolated incident and we have had no reports of anything similar.
“We’re focusing our patrols in the area and I’d like to take the opportunity to remind people in general to always stick to well lit areas at night and keep all your valuables out of sight.”
During the incident the victim handed over his iPhone and some cash. No violence was used and the student was uninjured.
The offenders ran off in the direction of St James’ Lane.
They were described at the time as: a white man, approximately 6ft tall, early 20s, skinny build, wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and black tracksuit bottoms with a thin red stripe down the sides and a dark scarf covering his lower face; a man approximately 5ft 11ins tall, early 20s, slim build, wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and a black scarf across his lower face.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Winchester CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.