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Teenager mugged off bike in Brentwood park
7:30am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A MOTHER is warning youngsters who use a Brentwood skate park to be vigilant after her son was attacked and robbed.
The 16-year-old lad was left shaken after he had his prized bike and mobile phone stolen during a frightening attack near the skate park on King George’s Playing Fields.
Now the boy’s mum - who did not wish to be named - is warning others to be on the lookout at a skate park which youngsters fought so hard to have built in the first place.
The youngster was on his way home from the park at around 6pm last Tuesday when he was approached by a man who before pushed him from his BMX. The man then grabbed the bike the boy’s phone before riding off.
The teenager was left shaken but survived the ordeal with just a bump to the head. His mother said: “He was called over by a chap who said how interested he was in BMX-ing. As my son got closer, the man has punched him in the side of the head, forcing him to fall off his bike. The man then grabbed the bike and phone and ran away. My son says he’s ok but I think it’s going to take a while. His bike was his life. He’s got a mark on his neck and he was very scared.
“I just want people to be vigilant. It’s sad, especially as the youngsters had to fight to get that skate park. Now they can’t even go there without fearing they might be attacked.”
A police spokesperson said: “The attack happened when a 16-year-old boy from the Brentwood area was cycling through the skate park on King George’s playing field, off Ingrave Road shortly before 6pm.
“He was approached by a young, black man who pushed him off his bike and stole a mobile telephone and the BMX before riding off. The man is described as black, slim to medium build and was wearing a brown jacket and black shoes.
“Anyone with information should contact officers at Brentwood police station on 101.”