William Parker Schoolboy hurt in robbery

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13-year-old school boy was robbed in Briscoes Walk, Hastings on Wednesday May 15.

The victim, who was wearing his William Parker school uniform, was walking up Briscoes Walk behind the Summerfield Sport Centre on Bohemia Road at around 7.25am when a man stopped the boy and asked him the time before trying to grab his black McKenzie back pack. The boy tried to hold onto his bag but ended up falling to the floor and hurting his arm.

Hastings PCSO Lucy Paffett said: “The school boy was very shocked by the incident but fortunately he did not receive any serious physical injuries. I’m hoping that as this was a busy time of the morning that someone may have witnessed the incident or seen a man matching the description running through the sports centre car park or into Holmesdale Gardens.”

The suspect is described as white, 35 to 40, 5” 11’ of muscular build with dark coloured facial hair which is going grey beneath the chin. He was wearing a black shiny waterproof style jacket with a zip up the front. The jacket had a hood with black and blue cords at the front and was tightly fitted to his head. He was also wearing grey/blue jeans.

PCSO Paffett said:“Please call 101 quoting serial 291 of 15/5 if you have any information that could help officers with their enquiries or alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”