Heroes catch robber who mugged nurse at Sheffield bus stop

Akeel Hussian, right, and Zeeshan Maughal confronted a street robber after witnessing him steal a phone from a woman. Picture: Dan Hobson
Akeel Hussian, right, and Zeeshan Maughal confronted a street robber after witnessing him steal a phone from a woman. Picture: Dan Hobson
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Two young heroes have been praised after tackling a robber who mugged a nurse at a Sheffield bus stop.

Have-a-go-heroes Akeel Hussain and Zeeshan Maughal were driving along Barnsley Road, past the Northern General Hospital, on Monday evening when they witnessed a woman getting mugged.

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After being appalled at what they had witnessed, the pair sprung into action to catch the man responsible.

Akeel, aged 17, who was a passenger in the car, said: “As we drove past the bus stop I saw a guy approach a woman who was waiting and steal a mobile phone out of her hand.

“I looked at Zeeshan and said ‘he’s just mugged that woman’. I was really shocked and angry at what I had seen.”

After driving up the hill ahead of the fleeing robber, Akeel jumped out of the car and confronted him.

Akeel said: “I ran up to him and said ‘look, that’s not your phone, you need to give it back’. He threw a punch at me, but missed, so we both pushed him up against the wall.”

Zeeshan, 20, added: “There’s been a lot of muggings in the area and everyone is on the look-out for it.

“When we saw this woman being robbed, there was no way we were going to stand back and let it happen. It’s just not right to behave like that.”

The pair then dragged the robber back down to the bus stop to apologise to his tearful victim – and return her phone.

Akeel said: “This guy did apologise and hand the phone back. Another woman at the bus stop had called the police in this time, so we held him there until they showed up.

“We were speaking to the woman afterwards and it tuns out she was a nurse who had just finished her shift.”

Zeeshan said: “She was really happy to have her phone back and we were more than happy to help.”

Ana Santos said to the pair: “Thank you so much for saving my day. It’s nice to know there are very good and kind people in the world.”

The incident occurred outside the number 88 bus stop on Barnsley Road at the bottom of Northern General Hospital, Fir Vale at around 7.15pm. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.