South Yorkshire teen attacked by gang

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A teenager was attacked and robbed by a gang of 14 hooded yobs as he walked to his South Yorkshire home.

The 19-year-old victim was pushed to the ground from behind, then repeatedly punched and kicked by the young yobs before his bag and mobile phone were stolen.

He sustained head and facial injuries as well as being left ‘badly shaken’ by the attack in Rotherham at 11.15pm on Saturday, September 7.

Police said the victim was walking alone on Princes Street, towards the underpass that runs along the side of Centenary Way, when he was attacked.

Patrols are being stepped up in the area and improvements are also being made to underpasses in Rotherham to increase safety.

Inspector Abdul Aziz, of the Rotherham 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.”

The thugs in the gang of 14 youths are believed to be aged in their mid to late teens.

They were standing around near the underpass.

The majority of the gang were wearing dark hooded tops.

They assaulted the teenager after he walked past them and continued towards the underpass, when he is thought to have been attacked from behind.

The offenders then fled the scene, running up Princes Street and past the Prince of Wales hotel.

n Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, to come forward.

Call 101 quoting incident number 1379 of 07/09/2013.