Rail robbery of boy (15) - police appeal for help

editorial image

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old boy was threatened and had his BlackBerry mobile phone stolen from him at Blackburn station.

The incident took place on Monday as the youth and three friends were in the waiting room of the station at 7-50 p.m.

Detective Constable Tracey Carruthers said: “Two men entered the waiting room and approached the 15-year-old local victim, and grabbed his BlackBerry. As the victim grabbed his phone back, he was threatened with violence from the pair. Fearing for his safety, he handed over the phone and the offenders left.”

Detectives are appealing for public help to track down those responsible.

“We are keen to hear from anyone at the scene at the time or who may have any information that can help the investigation,” added DC Carruthers.

“We have seen a number of these incidents in the area in recent weeks and, while they remain relatively rare, we advise all passengers to be vigilant, not to advertise their valuables while travelling, and not to leave devices such as phones and music players on display.

“Sadly there is a minority who believe it is acceptable to behave in a criminal and threatening manner. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will do everything in our power to catch those responsible for this robbery.”

The first suspect is described as white, of slim build, aged 20 to 25 and around 5ft. 9in. tall. He had a shaven head and spoken with a London accent. He had a black tattoo on one the side of his neck, a scar on the side of his face and was wearing a dark grey tracksuit.

The second suspect is described as white, of thin build and aged 18 to 21. He had dark brown hair and was wearing a green hooded top with white writing and dark grey jogging trousers.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B10/NWA of 22/02/11 or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.