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6 teenagers training at the Isle of Wight’s UKSA sailing academy have been arrested on suspicion of robbery following an incident in Cowes yesterday evening (Tuesday).

A staggering 13 Police units from across the Island responded to UKSA on Arctic Road at just before 22:20 last night. Here they arrested 6 boys on suspicion of robbery as part of an investigation into an incident that occurred earlier in the evening.

Police say that the alleged incident occurred in the Cross Street area sometime between 19:00 and 19:10 on Tuesday 20th August. The victims, 3 teenage boys, were approached by another group of teenage boys.

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Mobile phones were stolen from 2 of the victims and 1 of them was assaulted, suffering minor injuries. The third teenager was also assaulted. The offenders then made off in the direction of Shooters Hill.

Detective Constable Julia Parker, said:

“We’re appealing to anyone who was in the Cross Street area of Cowes at the time of the incident to get in touch with us.  Did you witness what happened?

“We still need to speak to the teenager who was assaulted during this incident who left the scene before we arrived.  If this was you, or you think you know who he is, please contact us as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for UKSA has told Island Echo:

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“Following an incident in Cowes yesterday evening, we acted in accordance with our procedures by contacting the police. The matter is now being dealt with by Hampshire Constabulary. UKSA cannot comment any further on the progress of the enquiry and we would ask that enquires be directed to Hampshire Constabulary”.

6 teenage boys – two aged 14 and four aged 16 and all from London, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are currently in police custody.

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190295958.

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