Park dog walker robbed by gang

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A DOG walker was knocked unconscious in a Sheffield park after he was robbed by a gang of youths who stole his bag, £500 and a mobile phone.

The 44-year-old, who does not want to be identified, was walking his dog in Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow, when he was attacked.

He said he remembers nothing of the attack other than waking up slumped on the ground after a friend revived him.

His pal, who was throwing a stick for the victim’s dog during the attack, put him into the recovery position and gave him the kiss of life to get him breathing.

Detectives investigating the incident want to hear from witnesses or anyone with information about the gang, who were black or Asian, responsible.

The victim said: “All I know is that my friend was throwing a stick for my dog while I was being attacked and when he found me ion the floor I was unconscious and had blood coming from my nose or ears.

“He put me into the recovery position and managed to bring me round.

“He panicked at first not knowing how serious it was but managed to get me to bring up some sick or blood which brought me round.

“It is scary to think what happened to me and has got me wondering whether I want to continue living somewhere like this where this kind of thing is happening.”

He said the cash he was carrying in his bag was for a friend he was lending it to for a holiday.

Another friend, who also does not want to be named, said there have been a number of attacks in Sharrow.

He said: “This is happening all the time – we are being assaulted, hit with stones and verbally abused by people. It is getting to the point now where local people are wanting to move away because they feel so intimated here.

“There are some people round here running feral and nothing seems to be getting done.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the attack was being treated as an ‘isolated incident’.

“The incident happened at around 7.50pm on Saturday when a group of men, believed to be black or of an Asian appearance, approached a man.

“He was then subjected to an assault and because of the attack he sustained facial injuries. The injured man was conveyed to hospital for treatment and released later that evening.

“During the incident, it is believed the victim’s rucksack and mobile phone were taken.

n Call 0114 2202020 and quote incident number 1,231 of Saturday, September 10 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.