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Fears for students following a spate of muggings

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Police are investigating a string of street robberies in student areas of Leeds.

At least ten people have been mugged in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse neighbourhoods in the space of three weeks.

The victims were all aged between 19 and 30 and officers from West Yorkshire Police say they are urgently trying to find their assailants.

In one incident, which happened in the early hours of February 13th, a 30-year-old was approached by three men, brandishing a knife and plank of wood. They searched his pockets, stealing money and a mobile phone.

In a separate incident the same evening, another young man was punched and threatened with a blade. In that case his attackers got away with a mobile, rucksack and cash.

Initial enquiries suggest that two groups are responsible for the spate of robberies.

Det Insp Mark Strother, from Leeds neighbourhood crime team, said: “We have had some considerable success in tackling street robberies which has seen the number of offences in this area over recent months remain very low.

“This has meant this sudden increase has stood out as something relatively unprecedented and which is obviously a cause for concern.

“We are making extensive enquiries to trace the people responsible and are focusing increased attention on the area with patrols by both uniformed and plain-clothed officers as well as targeting known offenders.”

Robbery is an extremely serious offence that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. If you have been charged with the offence, it is very important you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. For more details about how Lester Morrill’s criminal law team can assist you, contact us today.

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