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Mum robbed in alleyway
A MOTHER was robbed of her mobile phone and purse by two black youths while she walked her young child down a secluded path in Gorse Hill on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the alley that runs from Osborne Street towards St Mark’s Park and the recreational ground in Swindon at 3.20pm.
The lone woman was walking towards school with her young child in a pram when she was stopped by two youths who asked her for a lighter.
As the woman went to get a lighter out of her handbag, one of the pair grabbed her around the hair and pulled her towards him. He then grabbed her arm, causing a scratch.
One then searched through her handbag and removed her purse while the other took a mobile phone out of her hand as she attempted to dial 999.
Both then ran away from the victim in the direction of St Mark’s Park.
The incident has been discussed on the Facebook page ‘Gorse Hill Swindon’, where Steve Dixon has posted: “It was my neighbour. She is very shaken up. What's worse is she wasn't alone, she had her small baby with her.
“As she tried to call the police they stole her phone too. The man in the dark Superdry jacket was seen talking to a number of youths in the park before police arrived on scene and was chased on foot towards Gorse Hill.
“He did ask two ladies in the park for a taxi number so may have been able to get that taxi out of the area. If you are a taxi driver and you picked up a black male fitting this description, please inform the police.”
The first suspect is described as a black male, aged 17 to 18, 5ft 8ins or 9ins and of medium build with an inch long black afro.
He was wearing a dark Superdry jacket with white writing on it and dark tracksuit bottoms.
The second suspect is described as black aged 17 to 18, of a larger build with a slightly longer, poorly kept black afro hairstyle.
Both youths are described as having London accents.
Due to the time of day and location, police officers are appealing for witnesses to this incident or anyone with any information to come forward immediately.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact PC Dave Johnson on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.