A GROUP of teenage boys have been arrested following a spate robberies in the city.

Detectives have arrested a 13-year-old from Portsmouth, and a 14 and a 15-year old from Southampton.

The arrests relate to incidents that have taken place in the Bargate area between July 13 and September 27.

This comes just days after parents told the Echo they are scared to let their children out, as gangs of youths were robbing other teens at knife-point.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: "All three boys have been questioned by officers and released on police bail, with conditions including not to enter Southampton City Centre.

"We fully understand the impact these types of crimes have on victims, as well as parents and on communities. We want to reassure you that we are working hard to identify all those involved and keep people safe."

The 14-year-old boy from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of robbery at Eastgate Street on July 13, Arundel Tower on August 28 and Western Esplanade on September 6.

The 15-year-old has also been arrested on suspicion of robbery at the Arundel Tower and Western Esplanade incidents, as well as robbery at Harbour Parade on September 18.


Arundel Tower and medieval walls Southampton.

Arundel Tower and medieval walls Southampton.


Police say the 13-year-old from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of five separate robberies, including incidents at Harbour Parade, East Street, and Above Bar Street.

"Officers are continuing their enquiries in relation to these incidents and increased patrols will continue in the area," added the police spokesperson.

"If you have any concerns or information please don’t hesitate to speak with patrolling officers or get in touch by phone or online.

"We continue to work closely with the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), schools, charities and the Safe City Partnership to tackle serious violence and divert young people away from becoming involved with knife crime."

If you are a young person concerned about someone carrying a knife, or that someone will get hurt, tell the police anonymously by reporting online at Fearless.org.