There have been over 11 raids in 16 days in Southampton

Five arrests have been made

Attacks involving two or three men carrying knives, hammers, poles or planks of wood have been occuring all over Southampton and the surrounding area.

The first raid was on Monday 20 November, when two men stole money and cigarettes from Champange Charlies in Portswood Road.

Following that, on Sunday 26 November, Booze Shack on St. James Road was targeted.

On Tuesday 28 November, four businesses were attacked. 7 Bone Burger and Bysea Cafe on Portswood Road, Glits Hair Salon in Jason Road and Co-Op on Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh.

The following night, Wednesday 29 November, two men armed with a hammer raided Premier Store off Portswood Road. A member of staff had to be treated for a head injury.

In the early hours of Thursday 30 November, a petrol station on the M27 was attacked, leaving a customer needing hospital treatment.

On the night of Thursday 30 November, three more businesses were targetted. In the first, two men with a wrench and a hammer harmed a staff member in Better Virture off-licence in Cambridge Road at 16:55 before leaving in a silver vehicle.

The second business raided was Threshers Wine Merchants in Thornhill Park Road at 19:11. A member of staff was attacked and a window smashed.

At 20:40 the third attack was made by three men at Thompsons Newsagents in Rownhams Road – a worker was targeted.

Following this 54-year-old, Dean Higham of Anson Drive in Southampton and 18-year-old from London were arrested just before 03:00, Friday 1st December. Higham appeared before magistrates in the city charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, possesion of a Class A drug and driving while unfit through drugs.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Southampton Crown Court on 5 January.

The 18-year-old, arrested in connection with the robberies, was released while inquiries continue.

Since then, police say there have been two further raids. One at Best One in Lodge Road, one at Cloud Wine in Bedford Place.

Three more arrests were made: a 22-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.

The 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of robbery, while the 38-year-old had been held on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. The woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three are from Southampton.