Schoolboy fought off robbers with badminton racquet

A SCHOOLBOY fought off robbers with his badminton racquet when they tried to steal his rucksack. The 12-year-old victim was walking along Darford, off Cook s Drive in Earith at 10am on Tuesday, February 17 when he was approached by two men. They pushed t

A SCHOOLBOY fought off robbers with his badminton racquet when they tried to steal his rucksack.

The 12-year-old victim was walking along Darford, off Cook's Drive in Earith at 10am on Tuesday, February 17 when he was approached by two men. They pushed the boy from behind and tried to take the rucksack off his back.

The boy fought back by hitting one of the offenders with his badminton racquet, which broke the strings. Both men ran off empty-handed.

One of the offenders is described as being about 20, and chubby. He wore a black hooded top with a white skull print on the back and black trousers.

The other, who was about the same age, wore a camouflage jacket and brown combat trousers. Both men were white.

Just two days prior to this, a man was robbed at the bus shelter on Cook's Drove, opposite Adelaide Walk in Earith.

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The 41-year-old victim was walking past the bus shelter at 9pm on Sunday, February 15 when his arms were grabbed and he was swung inside.

His hands were tied before his pockets were searched.

DC Derek Cornhill said: "I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed either the robbery or attempted robbery, or anyone walking or running away from the areas around the times the incidents took place.

"It is possible the two events are linked."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Cornhill at Huntingdon Police Station on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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