TWO BOYS have been arrested following a spate of robberies in a Southampton park.

Two boys from the city, aged 14 and 15, have been arrested in connection with four robberies and one attempted robbery.

Police have been probing the incidents which happened in the Riverside Park area between January 2 and January 3.

The first incident took place on the evening of Saturday, January 2 when an 18-year-old man was left with a jaw injury.

He had been approached by a gang of five males who stole his headphones.

According to police, one or two of the males were on bikes and another was on an e-scooter.

During the second incident on January 3, three men were walking through Riverside Park when they were surrounded by a gang of up to twelve males.

After threatening the trio. they stole a necklace, glasses and two rings.

Later that evening a 13-year-old boy was approached by a gang of around five men near to the church on St Denys Road.

The youngster had his scooter, coat and a blue bag containing a Nokia phone stolen.

During a final incident at around 11.30pm a man was left with a broken eye socket and nose.

He and another man had been walking near to the children’s cycle training area in Riverside Park surrounded by a group of six or seven males.

During each robbery, the males were described as wearing dark clothing and face masks.

Police are now appealing to the public to help them with their investigation.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers continue to patrol the area. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to one of them.

"We continue to appeal for information and identify key witnesses, can you help?

"Anyone who witnessed anything or has any information about incidents is asked to get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 44210003223.

"Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The two boys were also arrested for a further two robberies and an assault relating to separate incidents.

Both have been questioned by officers and released under investigation while our enquiries continue.