Park muggers strike again

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POLICE are warning youngsters to be on their guard after a second teenager in a week was robbed in Mesnes Park.

Following a vicious attack in which a 14-year-old had his leg broken, a 15-year-old boy has been threatened with a broken bottle in the park. Both had their mobile phones stolen.

The boy was walking through the park with four friends at around 8.30pm on Friday, May 10 when he was approached by a man, believed to be in his early 30s.

The man asked to borrow his mobile phone because he had run out of credit while talking to girlfriend.

The boy was hesitant, but said the man seemed genuine. While he was using the phone, the boy looked round to see where his friends were and the man ran off with the phone. The teenager chased him to nearby Bridgeman Terrace where he was threatened with a broken bottle by the man.

Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

The robbery is the second to happen in the area around Mesnes Park in the past week.

On Friday, May 3, a 14-year -old boy ended up with a broken leg after being attacked by two men on bicycles. His 14- year-old friend was also threatened but managed to escape.

The 15-year-old said: “He seemed a decent bloke. I couldn’t believe it when he took off with my phone. I chased after him without thinking. I had to back off when he threatened me.”

The boy’s mum said: “It’s appalling that this kind of thing is happening. I hadn’t seen the story in the Post about the teen having his leg broken by robbers or I would have warned him not to go near the park.

“It’s a cowardly thing to do - a grown man threatening a young lad - and I hope the police catch these thugs who are targeting young people or it’s going to be a waste of time spending all that money on a park becoming a no go area.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124, or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.