Robbers knock out boy, 14, on his way to play football in park

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A SHEFFIELD teenager was knocked unconscious by three teenage robbers as he made his way to play football at his local park.

Mitchell Bramall, aged 14, who lives on the Littledale estate, Darnall, was walking along Mather Road when he was ambushed by three youths who knocked him to the ground.

The Park Academy pupil is unable to remember much of the attack because he lost consciousness but witnesses said he was followed from behind before he was set upon.

The trio of robbers demanded cash from Mitchell but he refused to hand over the £3 he was carrying.

He ended up with cuts, bumps and bruises and was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for observations before being discharged.

His mum Samantha, 38, said she was disgusted by the unprovoked attack.

She said: “He had only been out a matter of minutes when it happened – all he was wanting to do was play football – he’s football mad..

“All I know from what others have said is that three Asian youths came up to him from behind.

“They were shouting and asking him for money – he only had £3 in his pocket but they never got it.

“He was punched and dropped to the ground.

“I don’t know how many times they hit him but he has bumps and bruising.

“I’m fuming that this has happened to him – is it not even safe for your kids to go out to play football these days?”

She said she wants police patrols on the estate to be stepped up at night.

Samantha, a university student, said: “There are always police outside Park Academy at the end of school but they need to be patrolling the streets at night too if people like this are walking around picking out people to attack.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing after a teenage boy was assaulted during an attempted robbery.

“The incident occurred on Mather Road in Sheffield.

“Three Asian males believed to be in their late teens approached the teenage boy and demanded money before assaulting him.

“The suspects then fled the scene empty handed heading in the direction of Halsall Avenue.”

Anyone with information about the attack should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident number 853 of February 22.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.