A GANG of knife-wielding robbers carried out two violent attacks on victims in the same neighbourhood.
In one incident a man was badly beaten for a bag containing nothing more than some religious literature.
In another a man suffered several stab wounds before the gang got away with several hundred pounds in cash and a phone.
I firmly believe the same offenders have committed both crimes, which took place in the Highfields area.
These incidents, in which extreme violence has been used, are very worrying. We really need to identify these people quickly.
The first incident happened at about 9.30pm on Tuesday March 8.
A 52-year-old man was walking through the car park off Cambridge Road when three men walked up to him and started kicking and punching him.
The gang grabbed a black laptop-bag, presumably believing it contained a laptop, and ran off.
The case merely contained some biblical literature.
The three gang-members were described as Asian, in their late teens and between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 8ins tall.
One wore a white baseball cap, a white tracksuit top and black jeans. The other two were wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap and dark clothing.
The second attack happened at about 9.20pm on Saturday in a ginnel off Claremont Street.
A man was stabbed in his head, arm and leg by three robbers.
Thankfully these injuries were not life-threatening but the complainant did require hospital treatment.
The gang stole £400 in cash and a Blackberry mobile phone.
The descriptions given of the attackers were slightly different.
Two were described as mixed race and aged about 20.
One was about 6ft tall and slim.
He spoke with a local accent and used street slang and was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans and black and white Nike Air Max trainers.
The other was muscular and spoke in a similar way. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the logo ‘Max’ across the chest in blue, blue jeans and black and white Nike Air Max trainers.
The third was about 18, slim and about 5ft 5ins tall.
He was wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms with red stripes down the outside of each leg and black and white Nike Air Max trainers.
These offenders have shown that they will used extreme violence to steal personal property.
If anyone can identify the suspects from the descriptions above then please contact police on 0845 6060606, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.