Robbers pose as police officers for Wildridings attacksBy Becky Barnes
October 29, 2012
Two robbers posed as police officers in order to search their victims in a spate of attacks in Wildridings.
A 23-year-old man was stopped by two men who said they needed to search him for drugs and then held him back, punched him in the face and stole his mobile phone at around 7.20pm on Thursday, October 18.
The victim was walking down the public footpath from Oxenhope towards Deepdale Shops in Wildridings.
A 15-year-old boy was attacked 15 minutes later in Bishopsdale by two men posing as police officers believed to be the same offenders.
The robbers ordered the boy to put his hand in the air while the other held his neck.
They stole his mobile phone and punched him in the face when he challenged them.
Investigating officer Det Con Luke Simms said: “We believe the offenders involved were responsible for a number of crimes that evening in the area of Wildridings.
“We would like to hear from anyone else who may have been approached that evening or witnessed two males acting suspiciously in that area between 7pm and 8pm.”
A 28-year-old man from Bracknell was arrested and remanded in custody after being charged with unrelated offences in another force area. A 24-year-old man, also from Bracknell, was arrested and released on bail until Thursday, November 8.
Anyone with information contact Det Con Simms on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.