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Boy, 10, held over violent street mugging in which iPhone was stolen

Published 30/01/2016

Police released the boy on bail
Police released the boy on bail

A boy of 10 has been arrested over a violent street mugging in which a 12-year-old boy was punched and hauled to the ground in a headlock.

The youngster was held this morning over the robbery by two attackers in Portsmouth in which an iPhone 4 was stolen, Hampshire Police said.

The incident on Tuesday January 26 left the victim "very shaken", and the force initially said it was looking for two suspects, both aged "about 14 years old".

But today a force spokesman said: "Officers arrested a 10-year-old boy from Portsmouth this morning on suspicion of robbery in connection with this incident. The boy has since been released on bail pending further inquiries until April 4."

The attack happened in Angerstein Road, in the North End area of the maritime city between 6.50pm and 7.10pm after the victim got off a bus nearby and was approached by the other boys.

The spokesman added: "They all headed towards Angerstein Road; once in the road one of the boys punched the victim in the stomach and the other boy pulled the victim to the ground in a 'headlock'."

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