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Would-be robbers target schoolboy on his way home

Posted on 14th February 2017

A gang of would-be robbers tried to steal a phone from a boy as he walked home from school but left empty-handed when he fought back.

The 13-year-old victim was walking along the canal path off Boulton Lane, in the direction of Brackens Lane, when he was approached by the group of four or five boys.

As he walked past, two of the group blocked his path and demanded that he hand over his phone.

When the victim refused, one of the group threatened to punch him and then swung at his face, but missed.

The victim then fought back and managed to run a short distance before being tripped up and kicked when he was on the ground.

He fought back again and managed to get away.

The attempted robbery happened at about 4pm on February 2.

The boy who tried to punch the victim was white, aged about 15, 5ft 9ins, with hazel eyes and dark eyebrows. He wore a dark puffer jacket, grey trousers and a ski mask that was black on the sides, blue around the mouth and nose, and had a white vent on the side.

One of the youths who blocked the victim’s path was white, aged 15, of stocky build, and was wearing a black corded hoodie and a ski mask with red around the mouth.

A third was described as Asian, was also 15, and was wearing a grey Ralph Lauren hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The fourth member of the group was white, about 15, with blond hair, of medium build, and was wearing black school shoes, black trousers, a black blazer and a white shirt with a green, yellow and black striped tie.

Do you recognise the youths from those descriptions, or did you see the attempted robbery take place?

If you can help, call DC Laura McCormack on 101, quoting reference 17000047496.

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