Four arrested over Leicester robberies

Three boys and a man have been arrested after five armed robberies were carried out across Leicester at the weekend.

Four shops were targeted on Friday and Saturday night, followed by a petrol station on Sunday night.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested over all five robberies while a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man are being questioned about the petrol station raid.

Police said they were still keen to hear from witnesses.

A shop in Uppingham Road, Leicester was raided on Friday, followed by shops in Humberstone Lane in Thurmaston, Saffron Lane, Leicester, and Cardinals Walk in Netherhall on Saturday.

'Shots fired'

Staff at a petrol station in Houghton on the Hill were then threatened with what was described as a handgun on Sunday night before two raiders left with a quantity of cash.

Police said shots were fired at all three robberies on Saturday, with one shop worker suffering a minor arm injury.

Det Insp Simon Cure said: "We do now believe that these incidents are linked and have two people arrested in connection with all five.

"However, our investigation is by no means complete and we still want to speak to witnesses."

Police said they did not believe there was a connection between these robberies and a raid at Santander in Narborough Road, Leicester, on Saturday afternoon.

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