Berkshire Robberies Arrest

12 February 2012, 09:44 | Updated: 13 February 2012, 05:28

A 40-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating a series of linked robberies on two teenage girls, a woman and an elderly man.

The suspect was held following the robberies which happened over a two-hour period from around 6am yesterday in the Ascot, Datchet, Windsor and Old Windsor areas of Berkshire.

The first involved a 71-year-old man in Ascot who was confronted by a man who jumped out of a car and demanded he hand over his wallet. The victim refused and ran off.

In the second robbery, a 17-year-old girl was walking in Old Windsor at 6.50am when a man got out of a car and demanded her mobile phone. The girl refused and the man snatched her handbag from her.

The third robbery took place in Datchet and saw a 15-year-old girl threatened. She had her handbag stolen by a man who left in a dark-coloured car.

In the final robbery, in Windsor, a woman was walking along the road when a car pulled up. A man approached her and stole her handbag before getting back into the car.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said today: "A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a series of robberies in Ascot, Datchet and Windsor yesterday morning.

"The man remains in police custody at this time.''