A teenager from Watford has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault, possession of a bladed article, affray and handling stolen goods following two incidents in Watford.
Armed officers and the police helicopter tracked down a 14-year-old boy and was arrested.
The first incident happened on Monday, August 26 at around 7pm, where a 14-year-old boy was at Goodwood recreation ground off Minerva Drive with two friends.
The group were approached by several teenage boys, who allegedly threatened the teenager with violence if he didn’t hand over his hat and iPhone.
In a second separate incident, which occurred at around 7.45pm the same day, the victims – two men in their twenties – were at The Harebreaks recreation ground off Woodside.
They were approached by several teenage boys, who allegedly threatened them and ordered them to hand over money.
A physical altercation occurred between both parties and both victims sustained cuts and bruises as a result.
One of the group produced a flick knife and the victims immediately left the area. Nothing was stolen.
Detective Inspector Jason Finnegan said: “A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with both incidents, which we are currently treating as linked. He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
“I understand that news of these incidents will be worrying for the local community, but I would like to reassure them that we are following a number of lines of enquiry.
“The victims are being supported by our officers and we are doing all we can to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
“If you saw what happened or have any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch.”
Report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting 41/77343/19.