Police hunt two men on motorbike after several teenagers have phones robbed
Friday 14th July 2017 12:48 Dinting Glossop Chronicle Hadfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

Police are hunting two men on a motorbike after several teenagers allegedly had expensive mobile phones robbed from them in one afternoon. 

Between 3:15pm and 3:20pm on Wednesday (July 12), a 15-year-old boy was walking along the footpath which runs under Dinting Arches, heading towards Dinting Vale, when the motorbike stopped alongside him.

The men allegedly got off and threatened him to hand over his iPhone, which he did, before getting back on the bike and continuing up the track towards Dinting train station.

Both men are described as being skinny and white, between the ages of 20 and 30, wearing black helmets, black glasses and black motorcycle boots.

One spoke with a northern accent and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, a black open-faced helmet, sunglasses and cycling gloves. The description of the second man is more limited, although he was also described as also wearing gloves and sunglasses.

The bike is described as being black with orange paint showing through the petrol cap.

Investigating officers are particularly keen to speak to two men that walked down the hill past the incident.

Then, between 3:25pm and 3:35pm, a boy and a girl, both 13, were walking along Vale House Drive in Hadfield when they noticed the motorbike on the off-road track before it eventually pulled up alongside them.

The men first demanded that the girl handed over her iPhone, which she did, before forcing the boy to give them his smartphone too and fleeing by turning left at the end of the drive.

This bike is described as completely black with orange on the wheels. Both males on the bike are described as being white, 25-30 years of age wearing black helmets, black glasses and black motorbike boots. One of the males had a small ginger beard/moustache.

Police could not confirm whether the two incidents are linked but are asking anyone who has any information about either incident to get in touch.

Anyone who could help with Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team’s enquiries is urged to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 17000296866 in relation to the first incident in Dinting and reference number 17000296889 in relation to the second incident in Hadfield.

Alternatively, send DC Kennedy a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are also reminding people to remain vigilant and take preventative action to avoid becoming a victim themselves.

DC James Kennedy said: “We are keen to speak to any witnesses to either incident or to anyone with information that may assist our enquiries.

“Our message to the community, particularly to young people on their way home from school, is to be careful. Pay attention to your surroundings, try not to draw attention to expensive items such as mobile phones and keep them out of sight when not in use.

“We are working hard to stop those who think they can use threats or violence to take property from other people.”

Derbyshire police are also aware of a separate similar incident that took place on Market Street in Hollingworth at 3:40pm on the same day and are liaising with Greater Manchester Police throughout the ongoing investigation.