An 11-year-old boy was mugged by a gang of stone-throwing teenagers who he said threatened to kill him.
The attack happened in Chanctonbury Way, Southgate, on Tuesday last week (October 15 )– shortly after the lad started a new school.
The boy was walking to school when he was approach by a group of older youths, who demanded he hand over his mobile phone.
He told the Observer: “They stopped me and asked me if I had a phone then they threatened me and said, ‘Give me your phone now or we’re going to kill you’.
“They ripped my blazer and threw stones at me and one hit my arm.”
The boy’s mother, who asked not to be named, thanked members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who spotted the distressedboy and walked him to school.
Describing how her son had been running late for school because he had missed his bus, she said: “It wasn’t until after 12 when the school phoned me and told me he had just turned up.
“The school said to me he had been mugged and I was in utter shock. I didn’t know what to think or say.
“They told me he had gone to some church people who had taken him to school and I was so grateful to them for that.
“I got off the phone and I was in tears.
“Even his dad was saying he didn’t think that kind of thing happened in that kind of area. It didn’t look like that sort of area.
“This was one of the reasons we’re moving out of Croydon and the city area.
“We’ve really been going through so much with the move and for that to happen I don’t know what to think. It does make me want to sort of think again.”
Detective Sergeant Sian Harding of Sussex Police described the boy’s ordeal as “a very frightening experience” and called for witnesses to contact her. She said the suspects were 16-17 years old and of mixed race. Witnesses can call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 751 of 15/10 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.