Teenagers arrested after ‘terrifying’ knifepoint robberies in Speedwell and Whitehall

TWO teenage boys have admitted carrying out knifepoint robberies in Speedwell and nearby Whitehall.

Avon & Somerset police say two robberies and one attempted robbery were reported to them over a 15-minute period between 10.15pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday of last week.

One of the victims suffered cracked ribs.

A police spokesperson said the two boys, aged 16 and 17, were arrested nearby 10 minutes later.

They were both later charged with two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, while the 17-year-old boy was also charged with possessing a bladed article and cannabis.

Both teenagers appeared before Bristol Magistrates’ Court two days later. They pleaded guilty to all of the offences.

They are due to be sentenced next month and have been released on bail.

‘These were terrifying incidents for the victims’

PC Chris Cook said: “We take all incidents of robbery incredibly seriously.

“These were terrifying incidents for the victims.

“We know our communities want us to tackle knife crime and we continue to take robust action when knives are carried.”

The force has called on anyone who is worried that someone they know is carrying a knife, or has concerns over knife crime in their community, to report it online or by calling 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers, either online or by calling 0800 555 111.