Children have been the victims of a number of robberies and attempted robberies in the Catsbrook Park area in the past few weeks.
Police are urging residents to “remain vigilant” following the incidents, some of which are believed to have involved the same group of offenders.
A ten-year-old boy was assaulted by a group of teenagers who then tried to steal his watch before he managed to run away on September 10.
A 12-year-old boy was then targeted by a group of teenagers who tried to steal his mobile phone and then assaulted him, before a member of the public who was driving by intervened and the offenders fled on September 26.
All of the offenders are thought to be 15 or 16 years old. One was a black male, one was mixed race and two are described as Asian males.
Other incidents include a 14-year-old boy having his mobile phone stolen from him by two men who were riding bikes on September 8.
On September 26, two 14-year-old boys were punched, kicked and elbowed by a group of teenagers who then stole their bikes and rode off towards Neville Road.
To avoid being a target for robbers, keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight, avoid remote areas and walk with friends or stick to well-lit areas. Carry handbags close to your body with the clasp facing inwards and if someone tries to grab your bag, let go rather than get hurt.
If you think someone is following you go to the nearest place where there is a lot of people and call the police.
Consider purchasing a personal attack alarm that continues to sound if dropped
If you have information relating to any of these incidents, contact Det Con Tim Worden, in confidence, on 01582 394471, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.