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14 May 2012, 07:06
Detectives in Norwich have arrested a 33-year-old man after a teenager was stabbed during a robbery in Norwich in the early hours of yesterday.
The incident happened shortly before 3am in an alleyway near Guernsey Road as the 15-year-old girl, walked home with her sister.
While walking in the alleyway the girls were approached by a man who demanded their handbags. The man threatened the teenagers before assaulting the victim with a knife. He then grabbed her brown handbag and fled the scene.
The girl suffered non-life threatening knife wounds and is recovering in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where her condition is described as stable.
Officers have been carrying out enquiries at the scene of the incident which was cordoned off until late yesterday afternoon.
Detective Inspector Paul Brown said: "This was a nasty robbery and we are keen to hear from any witnesses who were in the area around the time of the incident who may have seen or heard anything. I would like to reassure residents that incidents of this nature are thankfully rare which is why it is of upmost importance for anyone who can assist to come forward."
Det Insp Brown said officers had searched the area but the knife and stolen handbag remained outstanding. "I would urge anyone who finds a discarded knife or handbag not to touch the items and instead call police immediately," added Det Insp Brown.
The handbag is described as a light brown fabric shoulder bag with dark brown strap.
The 33-year-old man remains in custody.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning it should contact Det Insp Paul Brown at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.