Teenager attacked in Rotherham

South Yorkshire Police Officers
South Yorkshire Police Officers

A teenager was attacked by a vicious gang while walking home in Rotherham.

The 19-year-old Rotherham man was allegedly assaulted by a group of unknown men on the outskirts of the town centre.

Police said he was walking alone on Princes Street, towards the underpass that runs along the side of Centenary Way, when the incident happened at 11.15pm on Saturday, September 7.

A group of about 14 men, believed to be aged in their mid to late teens and of an Eastern European appearance, were stood around just before the underpass, with the majority of them wearing dark hooded tops.

The man walked past them and continued towards the underpass, when he is alleged to have been attacked from behind.

He was pushed to the floor and repeatedly punched and kicked.

The man’s bag and his mobile phone were taken by the offenders who then fled the scene running up Princes Street and past the Prince of Wales hotel.

Police said the man sustained head and facial injuries and has been left severely shaken by the attack.

Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who may have information to come forwards.

Inspector Abdul Aziz, of the Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This type of incident isn’t a regular occurrence and I want to reassure the public that we are working on improving the underpasses in and around the town centre to ensure they are fit for purpose and people can feel safe using them.

“We are conducting extra patrols in the area and we are working closely with our partners to enhance the underpasses. We have installed new lighting in one, with the intention of installing in the others, and have had overgrown hedging cut back to provide a clear and well lit walk way.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1379 of 07/09/2013.