Cowardly robbers target schoolboy

Cross street threat for boy who had cash stolen.Junction of Cross Lane . pic Richard Ponter 154713b
Cross street threat for boy who had cash stolen.Junction of Cross Lane . pic Richard Ponter 154713b

A devastated mother had to comfort her sobbing teenage son after he was robbed by thugs just yards from home.

Samantha Jennings has warned parents to do whatever they can to keep their children safe, after her 14-year-old was robbed of his wages and threatened with violence.

“It’s awful knowing my boy is too scared to go out and see his friends,” she said.

Police are investigating after the 14-year-old was threatened by the hoody-clad males just yards from his Cross Street home. “He got his wallet out so he could get his keys, before he knew it two lads walked up to him and told him ‘get your keys out or we will hit your face,” said his mum.

“He had only just been to pick his wages up for baby-sitting, but they just took his tenner, grabbed his wallet and threw it to the ground.”

He ran straight upstairs - 20 minutes later his mum found him inconsolable.

“He was crying and I think he was just shocked,” she said.

“The anger came out later and he asked ‘why didn’t I just hit him?’”

The shock of the robbery left him barely able to leave his home, and nearly scuppered a school trip to Belgium he’d been looking forward to.

His mum said it couldn’t have happened to a nicer boy.

Besides babysitting, the big-hearted youngster gives his Friday nights up to volunteer at community projects.

However, the late-night robbery left him frightened to leave his home to see his friends in the aftermath of the robbery.

“For the first week after the robbery, he was just scared to go out,” said Samantha.

“He’s only 14, and had just started going out, so this was a big knock back for him.

“But he’s getting himself back on his feet.”

She wants police to bring those who put him through his ordeal to justice.

Using Facebook, she managed to track down the two males she believes carried out the robbery.

She passed that information onto detectives.

This weekend they made a breakthrough in the case.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “A 16-year-old boy from Scarborough was arrested on Saturday October 31 on suspicion of robbery.

“He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”

But as her son recovers, Samantha - who moved from London three years ago - said: “I usually consider Scarborough a safe town.

“I’m just glad he’s all right.”

Anyone with information about this incident, or who recognises the descriptions of those involved, is asked to contact Scarborough Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150182475 when passing information.