A mother has spoken of her ‘disgust’ after her 15-year-old daughter was robbed at knife point in a Preston park.
At around 5.30pm on Sunday afternoon two 15-year-old girls were walking across Grange Park in Ribbleton when they were apprehended by two males dressed in black.
The two males demanded mobile phones from the two girls.
One of the offenders, who is described as having a ‘squeeky voice’ then grabbed one of the girls by the neck and put his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
He then searched the teenager whilst the second male stood there holding a knife.
The first man then found her mobile phone located in her bra.
The second girl threw her phone on the ground and the girls ran home to call the police.
The girls had been walking from the Grange estate to Moor Nook.
The mother of one of the girls, who didn’t want to be named, described what happened as “disgusting.”
She said: “They both ran in and said ‘quick phone the police, I’ve been robbed with a knife’. I just felt sick.
“It just makes me sick that people think they can go around with knives intimidating young girls.”
The ordeal has left the two teenage girls shaken up.
However the mother said she that she wasn’t shocked because the girl had had her phone robbed a few months earlier by a man who put her in a head lock on Gamull Lane.
She added: “I just hope that people might read it and have a conscience.”
Det Sgt John Crichton, of Preston CID, said: It is a shame that two 15-year-olds can’t walk from one street to the other.
“It was very frightening from them.”
Det Sgt Crichton said that the two males were dressed all in black and wearing balaclavas.
The male who grabbed the girl around the neck been described as having dark skin, a squeeky voice, being of a slim build and around 5ft 2 inches tall.
The one holding the knife has been described as 5ft 4 inches and of normal build.
Both of the girls had Blackberry mobile phones.
The phone that was thrown on the floor was later recovered.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Preston CID by calling 101 or alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.