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Appeal following robbery in Basingstoke cemetery

Press release   •   May 30, 2019 11:50 BST

We are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was robbed by a group of young people in South View Cemetery, known locally as ‘Holy Ghost Cemetery’.

The victim, who is in his 30s, and a friend, were walking along a footpath in the cemetery which ends near the junction of Chapel Hill and Vyne Road in Basingstoke town centre at around 8.10pm on May 27.

The group, which was made up of around ten to fifteen males and females, approached the victim.

He was punched and kicked before his mobile phone was stolen. The phone is described as an iPhone 6S with a black and silver bezel and a cracked screen. The victim was then threatened with a knife before the group moved off.

Police are treating the incident as targeted and don’t believe there’s any wider risk to the public.

Three of the suspects are described as males, all aged around 18-20 and five foot eight to five foot nine tall.

The first male is described as being black, slim but slightly stocky and he was wearing a black jacket with a red lining.

The second male was white, with short mousy brown hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms.

The third man had black hair that was in an afro-style and was wearing a black, slightly padded jacket.

The police believe this to be a targeted incident and would ask did you see anyone matching the descriptions or did you see a large group in the vicinity of the train station or in and around the cemetery?

If you can help, please call 101, quoting reference 44190182223. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you can help, please call 101, quoting reference 44190182223. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.