TWO teenage boys have been arrested following a series of bike robberies in Leamington and Warwick.
Police were called to Old Warwick Road in Leamington shortly before 8pm on Friday (July 21) after a report of two people being threatened and having their bikes stolen.
A number of bikes were recovered following a search of the area and officers arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy – both from Birmingham – on suspicion of robbery.
They have been released on bail pending further enquiries until October.
It comes after an incident in St Nicholas Park in Warwick on Monday July 17.
Three teenage boys were reportedly threatened with a blade at around 3.30pm before their bikes were stolen by a group of teenagers who rode off in the direction of Emscote Road.
South Warwickshire Area Commander, Chief Inspector Faz Chishty said he would like to reassure the community that the police were continuing to investigate both robberies, which they were treating as linked at this time.
Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, added: “I was incredibly concerned by the reports of bike thefts across Warwick and Leamington, particularly that one school pupil had been threatened with a knife in St Nicholas’ Park.
“No child should feel unsafe going to or from school, nor should any parent have to worry about their child’s safety on their commute to school.
“It is appropriate that police patrols have been stepped up in the area and that two arrests have been made since the incidents. I will continue to monitor this serious issue and please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any concerns.”
Anyone who has any information about either incident is asked to contact Warwickshire Police quoting incident number 312 of 21 July (Old Warwick Road) or 233 of 17 July (St Nicholas Park)