New appeal follows Spanish boy’s robbery ordeal

CCTV image
CCTV image

BRITISH Transport Police has again aappealed for information after a gang of youths robbed a teenage Spanish exchange student.

The 15-year-old boy was at St Leonards Warrior Square train station when the robbery took place.

As the victim walked past the group, one of them asked if he wanted to buy cigarettes before demanding money from him.

The victim tried to walk away but the group followed him and then punched and kicked, causing him to fall to the floor. One of the youths then grabbed his bag before fleeing.

Two other members of the public gave chase and recovered the victim’s bag from a nearby footbridge before walking him home.

Officers released a CCTV image of at least nine youths – five boys and four girls – they want to identify and speak to in connection with the incident, which took place around 10.20pm on Saturday, July 23.

Since then there have been no arrests in the case.

Detective Constable Steve Best, the investigating officer said: “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the boy, who was simply trying to make his way home.

“Since this incident took place we’ve made extensive enquiries to try to identify those responsible.

“This has included circulating their images on police intelligence systems and databases and to officers from local neighbourhood policing teams in the area to try to find out who they are.

“But this has all been to no avail so far. Despite this, our investigation into this incident is continuing. We want to identify at least nine youths, pictured in the CCTV image.”

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B10/LSA of 09/12/11.