A Sheffield dad has dubbed his area ‘too dangerous for teenagers’ after his son was attacked and robbed on a busy street in broad daylight.
Dad Adam Clarke said his son Jacob and pal Jamie, both 16, left his Firth Park home for a bike ride at around 2pm on Tuesday.
Less than five minutes after setting off, Adam got a panicked call from Jacob to say the pair had been attacked and robbed by two men near Firth Park centre.
Adam, aged 41, said: “These two men came up and pulled Jamie of his bike and stole it.
“The attackers tried to pull Jacob off his bike too, but he hung on so hey head-butted him in the nose and punched him in the face.
“This attack happened a five minutes after they left the house – in broad daylight. It’s terrifying. Muggings, attacks and robberies are so common around here.
“With all the gangs hanging around too, I think this area is too dangerous for children and young people. It just isn’t safe anymore. We want a peaceful, crime-free life, is that too much to ask?”
Both boys, who have been left with cuts and bruises, are too traumatised to speak about the incident.
Adam said: “They won’t be going out bike riding again, that’s for sure.”
South Yorkshire Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A force spokesman said: “Around 2.05pm on Tuesday, two 16-year-old boys were walking with their bikes along Bell House Road when they were approached by two unknown men, close to the junction with Primrose Avenue.
“The men then stole one of the bikes and made attempts to steal the other, before leaving the area towards Pavilion Way.
“The bike stolen is a Mathia Kush 2 BMX with chrome handle bars, a black frame with red and white wheels.
“One of the suspects is believed to be around 18, Asian, and was reportedly wearing a black top with a white hooded top underneath and black jogging bottoms.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.