Boy, 15, ‘mugged at knifepoint’ as cowardly thieves ‘target schoolchildren’

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

A 15-year-old boy was left "frightened, intimidated, shattered, and shaking" by an alleged knife-point robbery as he walked from school to see his dad in a care home.

CCTV footage of the incident on Alliance Road in Coventry shows the lad being approached by two men.

As the pair reached Stoke Park Secondary School Year 10 pupil Matthew Young shortly after 3.30 pm, they spoke to him and then threatened him with a knife, Coventry Live reports.

They then made their escape with the boy's phone, it is claimed.

His mum Dawn West says the perpetrators scarpered when a passerby named Leigh challenged them.

Several schoolchildren were said to be victims of muggings on the same day, Wednesday 24 March, around the same part of the city.

A Stoke Park pupil was said to have his phone stolen earlier in the day on Dane Road, while police say they also had reports of incidents on Blackberry Lane and Belgrave Road.

They are currently investigating the situation and revealed this afternoon, March 28, that two arrests had been made in connection with the incidents.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "A 42-year-old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of robbery and released under investigation and a 17-year-old boy was arrested this morning [Sunday, March 28] and remains in custody.

"These arrests are in connection with the spate of robberies."

Describing the incident, Matthew's mum Dawn said: "Matt was going to his Dad's care home, Leoffric Lodge, as he has dementia.

  • Gay paramedic says he was refused entry to a mosque to treat heart attack patient

"Matt shops for his Dad on the way and then makes him his dinner.

"He was approached by the two men, and when they asked to use his phone to call their mum Matt declined.

"The taller one then said 'Run me your s*** or ill chef you up' as the shorter one pulled out his knife that you can see at the end of the CCTV footage.

"Matt was frightened, intimidated, shattered, shaking, and scared for his life.

"He also had his dad's bank card to shop and that was in his phone case. Matt felt awful for his dad because stress makes dementia worse.

"We were really blessed, Leigh, a passerby intervened. He let Matt use his phone to call me and walked him to Leoffric Lodge."

Get latest news headlines delivered free

Want all the latest shocking news and views from all over the world straight into your inbox?

We've got the best royal scoops, crime dramas and breaking stories – all delivered in that Daily Star style you love.

Our great newsletters will give you all you need to know, from hard news to that bit of glamour you need every day. They'll drop straight into your inbox and you can unsubscribe whenever you like.

You can sign up here – you won't regret it…

Describing the impact the experience has had, Dawn continued: "Matt's world has been sent into a spin. The emotional roller coaster, tears, anger, frustration.

"His sense of security was totally threatened, impacting his relationship, memories and time spent with his dad, which is fading daily."

"His dad's routine has been impacted. I feel concerned every time I think of him walking to his dad's or even to school."

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "The 15-year-old was threatened and his phone was stolen by two men who he believed had a knife.

"We are examining CCTV and asking for witnesses to come forward."

  • Crime
  • Knife Crime

Source: Read Full Article