Schoolboys attacked and mugged in woods near Orpington school
PUBLISHED: 16:04 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 18 September 2013
Four teenage boys from Darrick Wood School were attacked and robbed in woods by a gang of youths yesterday afternoon.
As they walked through the wooded area near Rusland Avenue, in Orpington, at 3.30pm, they were surrounded by four older males, described as white, aged 17-18.
The victims – three aged 13 and one aged 14 – had their mobile phones and iPods stolen and were left shaken by the ordeal.
One 13-year-old was punched and received a cut and bruising around one eye, but didn’t require an ambulance or hospital treatment.
Dr Martin Airey, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “This was a shocking incident and it’s not happened before, to my knowledge, during my time here.
“We have advised children to avoid the woods and re-emphasised the point that they should not walk home alone in that area.”
The attack lasted no more than a few minutes as the older boys rifled swiftly through the children’s clothing to steal the items.
Within a few minutes of the incident the victims contacted the police, who responded at 3:39pm.
Police drove them around the area to try and identify the assailants, but were unable to find them.
The speed, size and physicality of the attackers left the younger boys stunned and unable to provide any specific details about their appearance.
There will be extra police patrols around Darrick Wood School for children going to and from school.
No arrests have yet been made.
Contact Bromley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with any information.