Three teenagers, aged from 14 to 16, carried out a series of violent attacks on women and a string of house burglaries over three days close to the southern city of Montpellier.

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Teenagers go on three-day crime spree

Three teenagers, aged from 14 to 16, carried out a series of violent attacks on women and a string of house burglaries over three days close to the southern city of Montpellier.

The three teenage boys all live close to the nearby town of Béziers, reported Le Parisien newspaper on Thursday. 

Driving a stolen Renault Clio, the boys roamed around the area targeting women who were alone in the street.

They threatened the women with knives and screwdrivers and made off with handbags, purses and jewellery.

An attack on Sunday brought the three to national attention after they tried to snatch the handbag from a 73-year-old woman.

The woman resisted, apparently because her reading glasses were in the bag, causing the boys to push her to the ground. The woman was shaken but not seriously hurt.

Police finally caught up with two of the boys while the third is still on the run.

“We’re dealing with a series of robberies using the threat of weapons,” said the Montpellier prosecutor, Brice Robin.

“These acts are sufficiently serious that they are being held in prison.”

The boys are also suspected of having burgled at least four houses on New Year’s Eve.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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