Woman mugged by masked man

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A WOMAN was left petrified after she was mugged for her mobile phone as she walked through a Sheffield park.

The woman, believed to be a university student, was on the main path in Weston Park when she was approached by a masked man who grabbed her phone and ran off.

An eye-witness, who has given a statement to South Yorkshire Police, said he saw the mugger before they struck.

Police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection with the incident and stepped up patrols of the area to reassure locals.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are currently investigating an alleged theft in Weston Park in Sheffield.

“No one was injured during this incident, however, it is believed a woman had her mobile phone taken.

“Officers have since arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with this incident and he is currently in police custody.

“Officers are not aware of any other recent incidents of this nature in that area, although they will be increasing patrols in the near future.”

The eyewitness said: “I saw a man in the park and was suspicious straight away because he had some kind of face covering on - like a balaclava. The incident happened on the main path through the park, where there are lights and CCTV, so I hope the camera was working and caught it.

“I saw him stop near bushes and a young female came along.

“At first I thought they were a couple but then I heard a shout and the girl ran off - I have never seen anyone run so fast.

“I saw her being consoled outside the park and she was hysterical.”

n Witnesses to the incident at 6.30pm on Tuesday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 890 of January 10.

Crimestoppers can also be on 0800 555111.