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Two arrests after 'knife-wielding thief' targeted residents in their homes

Nelson Drive in Mudeford
Nelson Drive in Mudeford

TWO people were arrested after a knife-wielding thief targeted residents at their homes in a Mudeford street.

A quantity of cash was allegedly taken when a male teenager reportedly banged on the doors of two properties in Nelson Drive, threatened occupants with a blade and demanded money in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Responding to a call-out at around 2.20am, police carried out a search of the area.

They detained a 19-year-old man from Christchurch and a 15-year-old boy from Bournemouth on suspicion of aggravated burglary. Both have been assisting officers with their enquiries and were released under investigation.

Detectives from Bournemouth CID are continuing investigations into the offence, and people are being urged to come forward if they may have witnessed any suspicious activity.

Det. Insp. Mark Holmes said: “A full investigation is underway into the incident and officers have been carrying out a thorough examination of the scene.

“The victims thankfully did not sustain any physical injuries, but were understandably left feeling very shocked.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen or heard any suspicious activity in the area at the relevant time to please get in touch.”

He added: “Local officers will be patrolling the area and can be approached with any community concerns.”

Contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 55200092692, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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