Warning for teens after phones stolen

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TEENAGERS had their mobile phones snatched after they were targeted by men in separate incidents.

The first incident happened when a 14-year-old boy was walking along Pensher View in Sulgrave, Washington, and was approached by a man who threatened him.

The victim was not injured in the incident, which happened at 9.30pm on Tuesday, but was left shaken.

The second happened in Sunderland at 7.45pm the next day when a 17-year-old girl was approached by a man in Park Place West in Hendon.

He started to speak to the girl before swiping her silver Blackberry 3600 phone from her hand.

Police are not linking the thefts, but say they are the latest reports in a line of similar attacks.

Acting Inspector Lisa Laverick said: “We have had a number of reports recently of offences similar to this.

“I’d ask that people just be vigilant if a stranger approaches them and starts speaking to them. Make sure you don’t have a mobile phone or any valuables out on show which could be grabbed or stolen easily.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.