Man attacked by group as he walked home

Man stabbed in city centre
Man stabbed in city centre
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A teenager was attacked by a group of 14 men as he walked home in Rotherham.

The man was walking alone on Princes Street, towards the underpass that runs along the side of Centenary Way, on Saturday September 7 at around 11.15pm.

A group of approximately 14 males, believed to be aged in their mid to late teens and of an Eastern European appearance, were stood around just before the underpass, with the majority of them wearing dark hooded tops.

The man walked past them and continued towards the underpass, when he was attacked from behind. He was pushed to the floor and repeatedly punched and kicked.

The man’s bag and his mobile phone were taken by the offenders who then fled the scene running up Princes Street and past the Prince of Wales hotel.

The man sustained head and facial injuries and has been left severely shaken by the attack.

Inspector Abdul Aziz, of the Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This type of incident isn’t a regular occurrence and I want to reassure the public that we are working on improving the underpasses in and around the town centre to ensure they are fit for purpose and people can feel safe using them.

“We are conducting extra patrols in the area and we are working closely with our partners to enhance the underpasses. We have installed new lighting in one, with the intention of installing in the others, and have had overgrown hedging cut back to provide a clear and well lit walk way.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1379 of September 7.