Police hunt Burnley schoolboy knife robbers

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TWO teenagers suspected of robbing a Burnley schoolboy at knifepoint are being hunted by police.

The 15-year-old victim was threatened and attacked by the youths for his mobile phone as he walked home from school.

Detectives have now released an Evofit image of one of the teens believed to be behind the terrifying street robbery.

The incident happened as the pupil walked from the bus station along Todmorden Road towards Towneley on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 13th.

At approximately 4-20 p.m. the boy walked past the Flower Bowl store and the Post Office when he has been approached by two teenage boys who launched an unprovoked attack on him demanding his iPhone.

During the attack the teenagers were disturbed by a man parking in a red car and left the area towards Turf Moor.

Ten minutes later the victim had just walked past the Spar shop in Todmorden Road when he was approached by the same two teenagers who ran up behind him and threatened him with a knife – telling him to hand over his phone.

The boy was punched in the head but the offenders were again disturbed by a member of the public driving a blue vehicle. This man stopped and spoke to the victim to ensure he was okay.

The offenders then ran off into the Burnley Wood area.

The two offenders are both described as Asian and aged around 16 or 17.

The first boy is around 6ft tall, medium build and was wearing a black hooded top. The second boy is shorter at 5ft 9in tall, slimmer build, and was wearing a grey hooded top.

DC Ashley Johnston, from Pennine CID said: “Fortunately the victim was not seriously hurt and the offenders escaped empty handed but I’d ask people to take a close look at the Evofit and if anyone thinks they recognise the teenager please come forward and speak with police.

“This incident happened in peak traffic time on a very busy main road out of Burnley. I would reassure people that an investigation is continuing but I’d urge any witnesses to come forward, in particular the two members of the public who stopped in their vehicles to help the victim as they have yet to be traced.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 or Pennine CID Office direct on 01282 472149.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.