A teenager has sustained facial and chest injuries following a knifepoint robbery in the Swanmore area of Ryde during the early hours of this morning (Sunday).
Police were called to Swanmore Road, near Weeks Road, at 12.54am following reports of a knifepoint robbery on the street.
Officers rushed to the scene and discovered a 17-year-old boy with minor injuries to his face and his chest – although Police are not able to clarify how the boy came to be injured at this stage. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital by paramedics for medical attention.
According to local residents, who have described hearing hysteric screaming, the 17-year-old victim was ‘stabbed’ in the face, near to his eye and in his side. He was with his girlfriend at the time of the robbery.
Police say that a group of 4 people were approached by 2 men, who threatened the group and demanded they hand over items. During the incident a 17-year-old boy was ‘assaulted’. The 2 men then ran off having stolen a number of items including a handbag and bank cards.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo:
“We were called at 12.54am on Sunday 13 October to a report of a knifepoint robbery in Swanmore Road, Ryde.
“It was reported that a group of four people were approached by two men, who then threatened the group and demanded they hand over there belongings.”
“One of the group, a 17-year-old boy, was assaulted. The two men then ran off, having stolen items including a handbag and bank cards.
“The 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries to his face and chest.
“An investigation is underway and officers will remain in the area today making enquiries”.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44190366053