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Boy remanded for robbery of girls at knifepoint

A 15-year-old boy was remanded for seven days in Limassol on Monday to facilitate investigations into the mugging of two girls at knifepoint.

Limassol police said they arrested the boy, who faces charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery and carrying a knife, in the early hours of Monday after the girls, aged 13 and 15 reported the incident the previous day.

Police said the girls claimed that, at around 6.30pm while at a park, they were approached by two youths who threatened them with a knife, demanding anything of value they had on them.

One of the suspects snatched the 13-year-old’s handbag but she managed to take it back. He then snatched the 15-year-old’s bag and fled the scene.

The girl chased them in a bid to take back her bag and mobile phone, asking other people for help. Bystanders also chased the teen but failed to catch him.

The 15-year-old, who is known to the police, was arrested by a patrol at around 2.15am. He was taken in for questioning where he was said to have admitted to the offence.

Police have identified the second suspect for whom an arrest warrant has been issued.

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