Detectives investigate links after series of Leeds city centre robberies

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A GANG is believed to be behind a series of violent street robberies in Leeds city centre.

West Yorkshire Police say they are investigating possible links following four similar incidents in just over a week.

The first attack happened in a car park on Crown Street shortly after midnight on Friday, July 26.

Four men demanded money and a mobile phone from two men aged 17 and 20, before escaping towards The Calls area of the city centre.

The 20-year-old was left needing hospital treatment for facial injuries after being punched and kicked.

About two hours later a 24-year-old man had his phone snatched after being pushed to the ground by five men in a car park on Assembly Street.

Again the gang ran off towards The Calls.

At about 2.40am last Friday, a 22-year-old man was punched by two men and then thrown to the ground at the Angel Inn Yard.

They stole his cash and a mobile phone before running off towards Lands Lane.

Almost exactly 24 hours later a 19-year-old man was threatened with a knife and punched in the face by a man who was then joined by five others who stole his phone and money.

The incident, which happened on Meadow Lane at the junction with Great Wilson Street, left the victim shaken and with cuts and bruises.

The gang were seen running off towards the Crown Point retail park

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Detectives are investigating the possibility that each of these incidents is linked.”

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery along with two youths aged 15 and one aged 16 and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Maher or Det Con Wimbles at Holbeck CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.