GANGS MAK­ING PARK A NO- GO ZONE

Teenagers and stu­dents are tar­geted in a spate of attacks

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - CATHRINA HULSE cathrina. hulse@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

A SOLI­HULL park is rapidly be­com­ing a ‘ no- go’ area thanks to roam­ing gangs tar­get­ing teenagers and stu­dents.

Tu­dor Grange Park has been the scene of a spate of mug­gings over the sum­mer – the most re­cent at­tack took place on Tues­day when two teenage boys had cash stolen after they were sur­rounded by youths.

The gang also at­tempted to rob the teens of their bikes but were dis­turbed.

Just last week a 15- yearold boy was vi­ciously beaten and robbed of his mo­bile phone and bus pass in the park at Monkspath Hall Road near the town cen­tre.

The shocked teenager was walk­ing near the tun­nel by the pond when he was ap­proached by three other youths.

West Midlands Po­lice said the youths asked the boy for the time be­fore re­port­edly de­mand­ing his mo­bile phone. The vic­tim was then al­legedly kicked and punched during the rob­bery.

A West Midlands Po­lice spokes­woman said: “The at­tack­ers are de­scribed as Asian, aged be­tween 17 to 18 years of age and all had Birm­ing­ham ac­cents.”

Fu­ri­ous mum Marie Yarwood took to so­cial me­dia to high­light the lat­est in­ci­dent.

She said: “It’s be­com­ing like a no- go area. My son’s two friends were mugged in Tu­dor Grange Park by the bridge, by a group of about eight or nine boys. They sur­rounded them and stole money. At­tempted to steal their bikes but were dis­turbed by two men ap­proach­ing so they ran away. Other peo­ple had walked by whilst this was hap­pen­ing though, ei­ther not aware or just didn’t want to get in­volved.

“It’s be­com­ing open pick­ings in all the lo­cal parks now and just seems to be get­ting worse.

“Some­thing needs to be done be­fore there is a fa­tal­ity.”

Soli­hull coun­cil­lor Tony Dicicco, who leads the

We cer­tainly don’t want any no- go ar­eas in Soli­hull. The re­sources are in place to pro­tect our res­i­dents. COUN TONy DiCiCCO

Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties & Part­ner­ships com­mit­tee, said: “We cer­tainly don’t want any no- go ar­eas in Soli­hull. The re­sources are in place to pro­tect our res­i­dents.

“If we see an is­sue like this which is caus­ing con­cern to lo­cal res­i­dents then we will put a plan in place.

“We work closely with the po­lice and the mes­sage is if this spe­cific is­sue is caus­ing con­cern we will deal with it.”

Coun­cil­lor Ken Hawkins rep­re­sents Blythe ward where the boys sub­jected to the most re­cent at­tack live.

He said: “The spike in rob­beries is alarm­ing. More should be done es­pe­cially for stu­dents and park users.”

Lo­cals vented their dis­may on Face­book.

On the pop­u­lar Monkspath & Hill­field Res­i­dents page, Fiona Martina said: “Avoid the park. I tell my kids not to go there.” St Peter’s and Tu­dor Grange Schools have pre­vi­ously alerted par­ents to attacks on pupils and West Midlands po­lice have ad­vised peo­ple not to walk alone across the park.

Tu­dor Grange Park

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