Oldham gang steals mobile phones from three children

A gang who robbed three children turned on themselves, with one of the offenders being stabbed.

The trio were in Copster Hill Park near Hollins Road, Oldham at 9.45pm on Saturday 6th April when they were approached by three men.

One of them grabbed a 12-year-old boy and demanded he handed over his mobile phone, holding a knife to him.

The man then threatened his friends, throwing a girl to the floor and holding the other victim against a fence, and told them to hand their phones to him.

A second man who was part of the gang told his friend to calm down. The offender turned on his friend and was stabbed in the shoulder before all three ran off with the phones.

“All three victims have been left traumatised following their ordeal. The aggression this one man showed against a group of defenceless children for their phones is shocking and what is more unbelievable is that it seems he turned on one of his own when he was told to stop using excessive force.

“I would ask anyone who may have been in the park at the time of the robbery and saw the group, either committing the crime or running away, to contact police.”

– Detective Constable Sam Blackwood based at Oldham Police Station

They are described as being white, in their late teens or early 20s, of skinny build, wore dark clothing and balaclavas or scarves.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8952 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.