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Did You See 11-year-old Have His Phone Smashed?

Published on: 20 Sep, 2023
Updated on: 25 Sep, 2023

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after a 11-year-old was threatened and had his iPhone stolen in Bookham, near Effingham yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, September 19).

The victim was in Lower Road Recreation Ground at around 3.55pm when he was approached by a group of older boys. They accused the victim of filming them before grabbing his mobile phone and smashing it.

The suspects then ran off across the park in the direction of the Grange Community Centre taking the phone with them.

Map showing location of phone theft. Apple map.

Officers identified the four suspects and a 12-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Hayley Poulton, police sergeant for Mole Valley said, “I am sure that this incident will have been distressing both for those involved and for those in the community who have been involved in previous anti-social behaviour reported to us across the summer months.

“I would like to reassure you that my team are working with appropriate partner agencies to address those issues and are regularly patrolling Bookham.

“At this time, we do not believe the incidents are linked and would advise against any speculation that may be circulating on social media at this time.

“I encourage anyone to contact your local officers and myself should you have any information relating to this incident, or if you wish to discuss any of the recent ASB incidents.”

A police spokesperson said; “If you witnessed the robbery or saw or heard anything suspicious that could assist with our investigation, please contact us quoting PR/45230105817 via:

“If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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