Sussex Police hunting gang of teenagers after robbery in Hove street

First published in News

Police are hunting a gang of teenagers who robbed a woman and assaulted her partner in a "terrifying unprovoked attack".

The victims were walking north in Boundary Road, Hove, when they were surrounded by a gang of more than a dozen 12 to 15-year-old boys and girls at the bus stop close to the junction with New Church Road.

Members of the group demanded the woman hand over her bag and one of the girls from the group snatched it from her.

The children ran away and the woman's partner chased them to try to recover the bag.

When he caught up with them he was surrounded again and knocked to the ground.

Members of the gang then punched and kicked him while he was on the ground.

The gang took the man's backpack from him and ran down an alleyway between Franklin Road and Vale Road in Portslade.

The man suffered a fractured cheekbone and broken ribs in the attack.

Among the items stolen in the robbery were bank cards, mobile phones and the two bags.

The incident took place at about 11.15pm on June 21 but police have just released details.

Detective Constable Rowan Carter, of Brighton and Hove CID, said: “This was a terrifying unprovoked attack on the couple who were simply trying to make their way home.

“We need to speak to anyone who could identify any of the children involved in this violent and brutal robbery or who saw what happened.”

Anyone with information should call 101.

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9:15am Thu 27 Jun 13

womanofsubstance says...

Without cars ..or driving licenses .. This will be an unsolved crime..
Without cars ..or driving licenses .. This will be an unsolved crime.. womanofsubstance
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9:17am Thu 27 Jun 13

womanofsubstance says...

So, our brilliant Police Force release the details after a week! Why was this not put out earlier? Still, I suppose... LESSONS WILL BE LEARNT!!!
So, our brilliant Police Force release the details after a week! Why was this not put out earlier? Still, I suppose... LESSONS WILL BE LEARNT!!! womanofsubstance
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10:07am Thu 27 Jun 13

qm says...

womanofsubstance wrote:
So, our brilliant Police Force release the details after a week! Why was this not put out earlier? Still, I suppose... LESSONS WILL BE LEARNT!!!
Do share your sentiments, not sure about the lessons though ;)
From this alleyway, in well less than 4 minutes they could have been in Victoria Rec. or across the Old Shoreham Rd via the pedestrian underpass that comes out in Victoria Rd. after which the possibilities are endless!
A dozen schoolchildren? Kids talk - someone knows something.
Those who via budget cutting inflicted on the Police, and misguided spending by the Police themselves have changed the face of policing in Britain forever.
There is no replacement for the respected Bobby who knew what was what and who was who on his patch! There is no substitute for that level of intel which had an impact on every level of crime in our communities.
Technology is fantastic but it's an added tool, not a replacement!
[quote][p][bold]womanofsubstance[/bold] wrote: So, our brilliant Police Force release the details after a week! Why was this not put out earlier? Still, I suppose... LESSONS WILL BE LEARNT!!![/p][/quote]Do share your sentiments, not sure about the lessons though ;) From this alleyway, in well less than 4 minutes they could have been in Victoria Rec. or across the Old Shoreham Rd via the pedestrian underpass that comes out in Victoria Rd. after which the possibilities are endless! A dozen schoolchildren? Kids talk - someone knows something. Those who via budget cutting inflicted on the Police, and misguided spending by the Police themselves have changed the face of policing in Britain forever. There is no replacement for the respected Bobby who knew what was what and who was who on his patch! There is no substitute for that level of intel which had an impact on every level of crime in our communities. Technology is fantastic but it's an added tool, not a replacement! qm
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12:22pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Gillian121 says...

Doubt they will ever find them but someone must know who they are, i agree with getting the old type of policing back bobby on the street at least it felt safer then,
Doubt they will ever find them but someone must know who they are, i agree with getting the old type of policing back bobby on the street at least it felt safer then, Gillian121
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12:30pm Thu 27 Jun 13

bogs says...

Nice to see they have given to a DC to investigate. Normally left to one of those PCSO things.
Nice to see they have given to a DC to investigate. Normally left to one of those PCSO things. bogs
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1:02pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Wiggsy says...

As already noted why on earth does it take nearly a week for the police to release details of this?

Presumably no CCTV footage/pictures/des
criptions available to aid the investigation?
As already noted why on earth does it take nearly a week for the police to release details of this? Presumably no CCTV footage/pictures/des criptions available to aid the investigation? Wiggsy
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2:30pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Joshiman says...

Give yourselves up you moronic yobs.What is it about your behaviour?Is it because you are not bothered with a caution.10 years in the slammer or birching in the centre of town might be a better idea.
Give yourselves up you moronic yobs.What is it about your behaviour?Is it because you are not bothered with a caution.10 years in the slammer or birching in the centre of town might be a better idea. Joshiman
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3:02pm Thu 27 Jun 13

djkyle99 says...

i know the victim very well and no for a fact that wen they checked the ctv they couldn't as it wasnt working. Great use of tax payer money.
i know the victim very well and no for a fact that wen they checked the ctv they couldn't as it wasnt working. Great use of tax payer money. djkyle99
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5:38pm Thu 27 Jun 13

petrolned says...

Boundary Road is nowhere near Hove street.
Boundary Road is nowhere near Hove street. petrolned
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5:54pm Thu 27 Jun 13

hubby says...

Their parents must be so proud.
Their parents must be so proud. hubby
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6:16pm Thu 27 Jun 13

melee says...

petrolned, I thought that at first but then realised they must mean A Hove street, rather than actual Hove Street. Do you see? A bit misleading I'd say.
petrolned, I thought that at first but then realised they must mean A Hove street, rather than actual Hove Street. Do you see? A bit misleading I'd say. melee
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7:54pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Benefit claimants will form part of the story

Bring on the cuts
Benefit claimants will form part of the story Bring on the cuts Somethingsarejustwrong
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8:26pm Thu 27 Jun 13

womanofsubstance says...

School kids...someone knows, it is all over the school... But Sussex Plod are excremental...
School kids...someone knows, it is all over the school... But Sussex Plod are excremental... womanofsubstance
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8:46pm Thu 27 Jun 13

qm says...

Somethingsarejustwro
ng
wrote:
Benefit claimants will form part of the story

Bring on the cuts
That's a tadge unfair. Claimants come from almost any strata in society and this in no way reflects upon their sense of moral decency.
I do understand where you are coming from but don't believe that just because someone has made a benefit claim, they become morally bereft!
I wish the laws in this country made parents responsible for the behaviour of their children, might see a better class of parenting!
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: Benefit claimants will form part of the story Bring on the cuts[/p][/quote]That's a tadge unfair. Claimants come from almost any strata in society and this in no way reflects upon their sense of moral decency. I do understand where you are coming from but don't believe that just because someone has made a benefit claim, they become morally bereft! I wish the laws in this country made parents responsible for the behaviour of their children, might see a better class of parenting! qm
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9:36pm Thu 27 Jun 13

fredflintstone1 says...

qm wrote:
Somethingsarejustwro

ng
wrote:
Benefit claimants will form part of the story

Bring on the cuts
That's a tadge unfair. Claimants come from almost any strata in society and this in no way reflects upon their sense of moral decency.
I do understand where you are coming from but don't believe that just because someone has made a benefit claim, they become morally bereft!
I wish the laws in this country made parents responsible for the behaviour of their children, might see a better class of parenting!
Couldn't agree more.

Withdraw child benefit from those whose children commit asb or worse, as in this case. Here's hoping the couple recover from this nightmare as quickly as possible.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: Benefit claimants will form part of the story Bring on the cuts[/p][/quote]That's a tadge unfair. Claimants come from almost any strata in society and this in no way reflects upon their sense of moral decency. I do understand where you are coming from but don't believe that just because someone has made a benefit claim, they become morally bereft! I wish the laws in this country made parents responsible for the behaviour of their children, might see a better class of parenting![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Withdraw child benefit from those whose children commit asb or worse, as in this case. Here's hoping the couple recover from this nightmare as quickly as possible. fredflintstone1
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1:32am Fri 28 Jun 13

El Duderino says...

if they are out late, the idiot kids will probably be around at the same time this weekend. Maybe the police should try the knoll estate.
if they are out late, the idiot kids will probably be around at the same time this weekend. Maybe the police should try the knoll estate. El Duderino
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1:35am Fri 28 Jun 13

yawnnn says...

djkyle99 wrote:
i know the victim very well and no for a fact that wen they checked the ctv they couldn't as it wasnt working. Great use of tax payer money.
Funny,i keep hearing that old chestnut too!!!
[quote][p][bold]djkyle99[/bold] wrote: i know the victim very well and no for a fact that wen they checked the ctv they couldn't as it wasnt working. Great use of tax payer money.[/p][/quote]Funny,i keep hearing that old chestnut too!!! yawnnn
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2:02am Fri 28 Jun 13

teri65 says...

The other night there was group of brats outside my home .about 20 of them .fighting .destroying people cars running in and out of gardens .shouting .swearing god knows what else .it started at 10pm and went on till midnight .there were about 10 police there .but i couldn't believe that even tho the police there were trying to deal with them .the joke was that they knew this group .and a part from taking a few details .the police there were laughing and joking and cuddling some of them.why this group was going on the police just stood by why some of the group were round the corner still there causing trouble .some are on bail.curfew s. and still there this group don't care. when the police finally moved them on .they were still causing trouble some on the corner lewes rd.but i was told by the police finally their not baby sitters .just let them get on with it.five mins later down the road they jumped a bus and caused trouble for the driver .guess what they had to go and sort them out once again .these youths just don't care.
The other night there was group of brats outside my home .about 20 of them .fighting .destroying people cars running in and out of gardens .shouting .swearing god knows what else .it started at 10pm and went on till midnight .there were about 10 police there .but i couldn't believe that even tho the police there were trying to deal with them .the joke was that they knew this group .and a part from taking a few details .the police there were laughing and joking and cuddling some of them.why this group was going on the police just stood by why some of the group were round the corner still there causing trouble .some are on bail.curfew s. and still there this group don't care. when the police finally moved them on .they were still causing trouble some on the corner lewes rd.but i was told by the police finally their not baby sitters .just let them get on with it.five mins later down the road they jumped a bus and caused trouble for the driver .guess what they had to go and sort them out once again .these youths just don't care. teri65
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7:55am Fri 28 Jun 13

longman says...

What a nasty experience for the 2 people. These yobs should be taken into care, if they are ever caught. All of them are at risk seeing as they are minors. The 12 year olds are not youths, they are children and should be treated as such - being sent to bed at a responsible time, eg 9.30pm on a non school night, for example. If parents are incapable of parenting and putting their children in danger by letting them out at such a late hour, take the child away! The police must stop treating them as their friends and give out proper punishment, curfew for a start. Go into the schools and, yes, humiliate the children in front of the rest so they are not seen as heroes. That is not bullying and does not damage their 'human rights'. Their behavior is infringing on the human rights of their victims and its about time it is stopped.
What a nasty experience for the 2 people. These yobs should be taken into care, if they are ever caught. All of them are at risk seeing as they are minors. The 12 year olds are not youths, they are children and should be treated as such - being sent to bed at a responsible time, eg 9.30pm on a non school night, for example. If parents are incapable of parenting and putting their children in danger by letting them out at such a late hour, take the child away! The police must stop treating them as their friends and give out proper punishment, curfew for a start. Go into the schools and, yes, humiliate the children in front of the rest so they are not seen as heroes. That is not bullying and does not damage their 'human rights'. Their behavior is infringing on the human rights of their victims and its about time it is stopped. longman
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10:04am Fri 28 Jun 13

lillylou says...

there must be cctv and how hard can it be to find a loppy local gang or arnt the police taking it seriously the lops have probably broadcasted it on facebook to get a name for themselves come on police
there must be cctv and how hard can it be to find a loppy local gang or arnt the police taking it seriously the lops have probably broadcasted it on facebook to get a name for themselves come on police lillylou
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10:18am Fri 28 Jun 13

Mychildsnotsafe says...

bogs wrote:
Nice to see they have given to a DC to investigate. Normally left to one of those PCSO things.
Fuuny!!!

Which is more likely ????-

1- DC drives from Sussex House (while it’s still open) to Boundary Rd/New Church Road. DC does house to house, asks for CCTV from nearby shops. Returns later to get CCTV. Passes to a techy for images, which are then passed to local PCSO “thing” in case they can ID the offenders. DC then takes a statement form PCSO “thing”.
Or

2- DC is up to their neck with other jobs. Asks PCSO “thing” to walk/bus to Boundary Rd/ New Church Rd, do house to house, seize CCTV from nearby shops. PCSO “thing” views CCTV and as a local officer possibly ID’s the offenders, writes their own statement and then pass all this back to the DC.
[quote][p][bold]bogs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see they have given to a DC to investigate. Normally left to one of those PCSO things.[/p][/quote]Fuuny!!! Which is more likely ????- 1- DC drives from Sussex House (while it’s still open) to Boundary Rd/New Church Road. DC does house to house, asks for CCTV from nearby shops. Returns later to get CCTV. Passes to a techy for images, which are then passed to local PCSO “thing” in case they can ID the offenders. DC then takes a statement form PCSO “thing”. Or 2- DC is up to their neck with other jobs. Asks PCSO “thing” to walk/bus to Boundary Rd/ New Church Rd, do house to house, seize CCTV from nearby shops. PCSO “thing” views CCTV and as a local officer possibly ID’s the offenders, writes their own statement and then pass all this back to the DC. Mychildsnotsafe
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10:19am Fri 28 Jun 13

the_grail says...

Based upon the location and ages, I would guess all the culprits are based at Hove Park Lower School. There are AFAIK no other secondary schools in the area. Have the police been to discuss the situation with the Head? Perhaps offering a reward?

The law on the "age of responsibility" for children needs to be sorted.

Whatever the age is it should be the responsibility of the parents of they are below the age, and the parents should have to pay any fines and/or repay injured parties for what their children have done.

If they won't then either the parents get put in jail or the kids get put into care.

If people want human "rights" they also have to accept human "responsibilities" - such as looking after their own children.

If above the age of responsibility, then the "children" are responsible themselves. Simples!
Based upon the location and ages, I would guess all the culprits are based at Hove Park Lower School. There are AFAIK no other secondary schools in the area. Have the police been to discuss the situation with the Head? Perhaps offering a reward? The law on the "age of responsibility" for children needs to be sorted. Whatever the age is it should be the responsibility of the parents of they are below the age, and the parents should have to pay any fines and/or repay injured parties for what their children have done. If they won't then either the parents get put in jail or the kids get put into care. If people want human "rights" they also have to accept human "responsibilities" - such as looking after their own children. If above the age of responsibility, then the "children" are responsible themselves. Simples! the_grail
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