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CHARGED: Chorleywood teenager apprehended in connection with robbery offences

 Published on: 6th October 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the robberies of two 13-year-old boys in Three Rivers.

The boy from Chorleywood, who cannot be named publicly as he is under the age of 18, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of a class B drug (cannabis) in relation to an incident reported on Sunday, October 1.

At 5.40pm, the victims were together on Chorleywood Common when they were both threatened with violence and forced to hand over their Apple Airpods.

Officers immediately attended and after some initial enquiries were carried out, an arrest was made within two hours of first receiving the call.

The stolen earphones were also recovered by police from an address in Chorleywood, along with a small quantity of cannabis.

The 16-year-old was remanded in police custody and later released by the court on strict conditional bail. He is due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court next week.

Detective Inspector Dan Bhamra, who heads up the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “This incident left the victims and their families understandably upset, as the boys were just spending time with their friends on the common when they were targeted.

“Thanks to the initial quick response of our Intervention officers and the diligence of detectives in our Local Crime Unit, we have secured several charges in connection with this case, and we now wait for it to progress through the justice system.”

If you have any information about this incident that you believe may be helpful to police, please get in touch quoting reference 41/78505/23.

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