GANGS MAKING PARK A NO- GO ZONE
Teenagers and students are targeted in a spate of attacks
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