Two robbery victims who were attacked a couple of weeks apart say they do not feel safe in Nottingham despite a crack down by police.
Kieo Jones, 19, had his phone stolen when walking home in the early hours of Sunday 19 November after going to pubs around the city with his friends.
Mr Jones, who lives on Colville Street, was targeted by a man who was offering him drugs and asked to put his number in his phone.
The NTU student said: “He approached me and he started asking me how my night was. He then wanted me to put his number in my phone for drugs.
“So then I put the first number in my phone and then he asked to put it in himself, so then eventually I gave him my phone.”
Mr Jones explained how the individual then refused to give his phone back and ran away from him.
He said: “When I asked for my phone back, he lifted his shirt and showed me the handle of a knife in the waistband of his trousers.
“At that point, I gave up. I contacted the police and they came straight away.”
The thief then went through his phone and broke into Kieo’s bank accounts, emails and Apple ID.
They set up a £21k loan and stole around £1,000 of his money, which he was fortunately able to get back through the bank.
A similar incident happened in the previous month to another Nottingham resident.
On October 31, Casey Jones, an Arnold town resident, said he was robbed at knife point by six masked individuals by the Brian Clough statue in Nottingham City Centre.
At 7pm the group stole his phone and then accessed his bank account and emptied it.
Mr Jones, who has reported it to the police, said: “A gang of around six lads were masked up and threatened me with a knife. They put pressure on me and wouldn’t leave me alone until I unlocked my phone.
“It was the worst night of my life. I had to walk back to Arnold with nothing.”
He added: “They drained my account of all my money and savings, and also emptied out a £2,000 loan.”
“My bank has agreed to give me back my money, but I have to wait for them to verify the amount taken first.”
Figures recently released by Nottinghamshire Police show that the number of serious robberies involving weapons and violence dropped in the five years between 2018 and 2023 due to a crackdown by the force.
Detective Inspector Julian Eminson-Ferry who leads the Nottinghamshire Police robbery team said: “We’ve seen a reduction in robberies in recent years. However, we are not complacent and our message is simple.
“We will not tolerate violence in our communities and we will continue to work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.”
If you are a victim of a robbery in Nottingham contact the police on 101 or in an emergency call 999.