Detectives are questioning a man in connection with a series of violent robberies.
Victims were reportedly punched in the face by a man who tried to steal their bags and phones, with one victim also being hit over the head with a brick before their bag was taken. Bags were stolen during two of the six violent incidents.
The attacks, which are currently being linked by detectives, took place between Sunday and Wednesday in the Radford, Aspley and Basford areas of Nottingham.
Following a determined investigation into the offences, officers arrested a 34-year-old man yesterday (Wednesday 16 February 2022) on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery.
The suspect is also being questioned in relation to a burglary at a property in Basford Road, Old Basford, which happened between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Detective Sergeant Franco Guddemi, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our priority is to keep people safe which is why the force treats all reports of robbery and burglary incredibly seriously and work tirelessly to ensure those responsible for such harmful crimes are brought to justice.
“I hope this arrest reassures people of our dedication and commitment in actively investigating reports of this type.
“While I am pleased we have arrested a suspect our enquiries into these incidents remain ongoing, including reviewing CCTV footage, and we will continue to work hard to protect the public and reduce violence in our communities.”
Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated robbery, burglary and CID teams, supported by other force resources, continue to target offenders, support victims and share crime prevention advice to prevent robberies and burglaries from happening in the first place.
Their tireless proactive work has contributed towards a massive 38 per cent reduction in robbery incidents and a 34 per cent drop in burglary offences.
The latest official figures provided by the Office for National Statistics have shown a reduction of 2,858 burglaries between October 2020 and September 2021, compared to pre-Covid levels between October 2018 and September 2019.
This is the equivalent of nearly eight fewer victims of burglaries a day than seen in Nottinghamshire before the pandemic.
Added to that, the force also saw robberies drop from 1,257 to 779 incidents across the county, over the same 12-month periods.