Police appeal after robbery on teen in Dinas Powys
1:53pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
POLICE are investigating a robbery on a teenager in Dinas Powys.
A 17-year-old male was assaulted at the corner of Sunnycroft Lane on Thursday September 26, and has his mobile phone stolen.
The incident occurred around 8.45pm in the lane, near Elm Grove Place.
Police have issued a description of a suspect.
He is described as white, about 20 years old, of medium build, with short black spiked hair. He is about 5'11” to 6' tall and was clean shaven.
Detectives also want to trace a red Fiat Punto with tinted windows and black hub caps or alloy wheels.
Detective Constable Alyson Fry of Barry CID said: “This was a very distressing incident for the victim and we are appealing for anyone with any information which could assist us in our investigation to contact us.
“If you saw anyone matching the description of the suspect or the distinctive red Fiat Punto in the area then please contact us.”
The teen has been named locally as Matthew Bull.
His mother took to social media site Facebook after an outpouring of support from local residents on community page, Dinas Powys Pictures (DPP).
Mum, Gail Bull, said: “I would like to say a great big thank you to all on DPP and the Dinas Powys community for all the messages , calls and well wishes to my son Matthew. It was quite overwhelming to know how well thought of he is.”
Matthew was said to have been walking home from the Murch Community Centre when he was attacked for his black Sony Experia phone.
But lifelong Dinas local Gail said the small village was no worse for such crimes than anywhere else.
“We have great people around us and would just like to say these things happen sadly wherever we live,” she added.
“I have lived in Dinas all my life and have raised my family here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. This is a great community with great people.”
Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to contact Barry CID on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers ion 0800 555111 and quote reference 62130303918.