A 16-year-old girl was punched twice in the head as a man took her handbag in a ‘highly unusual’ attack in Daventry.
Police are linking this with a second incident in which a 14-year-old boy was grabbed while doing his paper round and told to surrender his bike.
New police inspector Helen Pritchett said the incidents, which took place only three days apart, were rare for Daventry.
The first occurred on the footpath between Welton Road and Northern Way at around 7.30pm on May 3.
A girl was approached by a man who punched her and took her bag. As he ran off, in the direction of the Northern Way underpass she shouted that she was going to call the police and the offender dropped the bag, making off with nothing.
The second incident happened on Monday, May 6 in South Place, at around 5.45am. A young boy was delivering papers and was cycling into South Place from the direction of the town centre.
A man, who was standing with a woman, grabbed the boy’s wrist and demanded his bike before grabbing it. After a member of the public shouted at the man, he let go of the bike and the boy cycled away.
Inspector Pritchett said: “This kind of incident is very unusual in Daventry and is not something we see regularly.
“At present we don’t have any suspects but are appealing for witnesses and are still doing enquiries with the victims.
“If anyone is approached they must consider their personal safety first and if they can bring it to the attention of another member of the public they should. Then they should call us on 101.”
Anyone with information, should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.