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27 February 2013, 13:00
Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 12 year-old boy was assaulted during a robbery in the town.
Bedfordshire Police have told Heart the incident happened at around 5.30pm on Saturday February 16 when the victim and his younger brother had gone to Tesco Express in Bishopscote Road, Luton.
When the pair left the shop they were approached by four males, one of who knocked the youngster to the floor and then punched him twice. The offenders then stole the youngster’s mobile phone and a carrier bag which contained a set of headphones. The offenders then ran away towards Alder Crescent.
Detective Constable Dave Elias, who is investigating the assault and robbery, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or seen the offenders in the area before or after the incident.
The offenders are described as black and Asian males, in their mid to late teens and wearing dark clothing. One of the group wore a distinctive cherry brown jacket with a fur collar, while another wore a dark jacket with a ‘U’ or ‘smile’ type logo and a woolly hat.
DC Elias said: "This was a very upsetting attack and the victim has been left extremely shaken by what happened. I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation."
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Elias, in confidence, on 01582 394376, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.