SEVEN teenagers were arrested on suspicion of robbery over the weekend, with police patrols set to increase after a spate of incidents across the town.

Officers say they are investigating a number of robberies that have been occurring since Thursday, January 16, in various locations in Basingstoke.

The victims have been young males in their early to late teens or early 20s who are walking alone.

The incidents have taken place in Shooters Way, Sutton Road, Pear Tree Way, Alencon Link, Turner Close, Glebe Gardens, Flaxfield Road and Church Square.

Seven teens have since been arrested on suspicion of robbery. They include:

  • A 14-year-old boy from Basingstoke
  • A 14-year-old boy from Tadley
  • A 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke
  • A 15-year-old boy from Basingstoke
  • A 15-year-old boy from Basingstoke
  • A 14-year-old boy from Basingstoke
  • A 14-year-old girl from Chineham

Police have urged people, especially young me, to be careful and assured the public that increased patrols will be taking place across town.

Basingstoke Neighbourhood Sergeant Trevor Taylor said: “We are asking people but particularly young men to follow common sense advice and try and walk with friends or adults.

“Don’t be distracted by using a mobile phone or listening to music, walk in well-lit places and stick to routes where there are lots of other people.

“If you can avoid it, don’t make it obvious if you are carrying expensive gadgets.

“We would like to reassure the community that there are increased patrols across the town. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to approach the officers.”

Police enquiries are ongoing but anyone with information is urged to contact the police by calling 101, quoting reference 44200022645.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress, always call 999.