Ipswich: Teen victim backs police campaign after surge in street robberies

A TEENAGER who was the victim of a park robbery has today backed a police campaign to raise awareness about an increase in street robberies in Ipswich.

The 14-year-old from Ipswich was sitting on a bench in Christchurch Park with his girlfriend when three teenage boys accosted them on Friday, April 29, the day of the Royal wedding, at about 6pm.

The boy, who asked not to be named, said: “We had been enjoying a moment alone in the park, talking about the Royal wedding when we were jumped on by these three boys who stole our mobiles and also took a fiver off me.”

The couple were sitting near the large pond when the three white teenagers committed the crime.

One of the trio is described as being in his mid to late teens, with a skinny face and a small amount of stubble on his chin, he had muscular features and spoke with a local accent.

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A recent surge in street robberies is causing concern for detectives who believe people like the 14-year-old and his girlfriend are the most likely victims.

Detective chief inspector Nick Bennett said: “Although there is no pattern to these robberies, it is people aged between 15-24 who are the most likely to be robbed. Many of these crimes are opportunist so it’s important that people are aware of their surroundings and who is around them.

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“Furthermore, they must keep mobiles and music players hidden as they are an instant attraction to the passing thief.

“Victims are usually distracted by texting, calls or changing song and this is when thieves will strike.”

The 14-year-old victim added: “The police campaign to highlight the problem is really worthwhile as I wouldn’t want my mates or any others to become victims and have to go through the same trauma as I and my girlfriend did.

“Although we were not physically hurt, it was a terrifying ordeal. I want the police to catch those boys who stole from us, but they need the help of the public. “They are somebody’s sons so a parent must recognise one from the descriptions.”

Anyone with information in connection with this street robbery is urged to contact detectives at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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