Boys in knife terror

A BOY has been subjected to a horrific knife ordeal in Rastrick - the second attack in just five days.

Villagers have been left stunned after three muggers confronted a 14-year-old boy with a blade less than a week after the owner of the Rastrick Ale House was forced to hand over hundreds of pounds when he was threatened with a knife.

In the latest incident at 2.20pm on Sunday a trio of teenagers took the youngsters phone during the theft near the Constitutional Club on Church Street.

The boy who was part of a small group was approached by three teenagers aged around 15 years who were described as Afro-Carribbean and wearing zip-up hooded tops.

One was described as skinny and 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall.

Another was wearing dark jeans and was described as tall and skinny and the other, who had the knife, was wearing grey jogging pants, trainers with one yellow lace and carrying a black bag.

Cynthia Redman, stewardess at the Constitutional Club, helped the boys.

“The poor lad was shaking like a leaf when he got here,” she said.

“The trio had followed them from Carr Green. The younger lads realised there was something and for young lads they had the initiative to think something was wrong and to come to club.”

She said the 14-year-old was part of a small group of four. Three of them were riding bikes but one was walking and they didn’t want to split up.

“We tried to look for the trio but no one could find them. But for this to happen in broad daylight is quite scary and I’m not happy with it.

“I told the lads never to argue with them especially when they are armed. We were told that the trio was seen in the area again later that day.”

Councillor Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) who was speaking on behalf of all three ward councillors, said: “We know that like us, our fellow Rastrick residents will be truly appalled at this latest sickening knife incident.

“Our best wishes go out to the victims, and we implore anyone who might have the slightest bit of evidence to let the police know to help them to track down those responsible.

“Rastrick is a great place to live and it’s vital that people of all ages can go about their business without fear of this sort of disgusting attack.”

Police have also released the descriptions of the two knife-point robbers who stole from the Rastrick pub, which is only less than a mile away from the latest incident.

One is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall with a mohican hair cut with very short sides.

He is in his mid-20s, slightly overweight with a tribal tattoo on his left upper arm that could be seen through his T-shirt.

He had stubble on his face and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans with a v-pattern on the left back pocket. His hair is brown he has a local accent.

The other is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall with short brown hair. He has a local accent and was wearing a gold ring on his right hand on an outer finger.

He was wearing a black zip-up wool jumper, light blue jeans and white trainers. He is in his 30s.

Detectives say the weather that night was stormy, but the pair were dry and not wearing any outdoor clothing so they may have been somewhere in the area before the robbery.

They escaped on foot up New Hey Road towards Huddersfield.

Anyone with information about the robbery, which happened at around 11.30pm on January 3, and the mugging should call Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.