Two teenage boys have been arrested after a victim was robbed of their mobile phone in Romford.

Met Police received reports of the incident that took place outside Verve Apartments in Mercury Gardens at around 9.30pm on Saturday (December 16).

The two boys, the police said, approached the victims claiming to be armed with a knife. They demanded them to hand over their property.

The victims gave over a mobile phone and a short while later attended Romford police station to file a complaint.

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However, the police added, even before the incident was reported officers from Romford Town Centre who were on patrol had carried out a stop and search on two boys.

Although they did not apprehend them at the time, they said their stop and search later helped the officers to identify the two suspects.

Officers carried out further enquiries and arrested a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of robbery.

They also searched a house and recovered the victim’s stolen phone, along with other mobile phones, and a BB gun.

The boys have been bailed until a date in March. The investigation is ongoing.