NEWS

2012-01-13

9-year-old mugger

A NINE-YEAR-OLD  -believed to be one of Britain's youngest muggers - is being hunted after stealing an older teenager's mobile phone.

An 11-year-old boy was robbed in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, when he was approached from behind and pushed to the ground by the other boy, who demanded his mobile phone.

The attack happened at about 5.30pm on Thursday.

If the mini-mugger turns out to be nine, the police will not be able to arrest or charge him as he is under the age of criminal responsibility, which is 10 in the UK.

Wellingborough police sector commander Insp Nick Lyall, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “This is a shocking crime.

“It’s never good to hear of anyone having their property taken from them in the street but it’s particularly concerning when the victim and the offender are as young as they are in this incident.

“This would have been disturbing and upsetting for the young victim and I would urge anyone who has any information to let us know.

“Thankfully it is quite rare we hear of young children being victims and perpetrators of crimes like in this incident but anyone who commits a crime will be dealt with appropriately.”

Det Sgt Dan Boutler added: “This was an unprovoked and clearly distressing incident for the young victim.”

The thief was aged nine to 11 years, 4ft 3ins, with short blond hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top with black diamond shapes, the word ‘unique’ and a picture of a rhino on the front, and white trainers with a black Nike logo on the side.

One resident in the street, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s disgusting, it’s sick. You wouldn’t imagine it at that age"

"It's a shock, I can't imagine my children doing something like that and they're a few years older.

"If he can't be charged with anything then surely the parents should have some kind of punishment."