A mum has said her teenage son was left “very shaken up and scared” after he was left with a black eye and had his new £400 electric scooter stolen on Monday night.
Shelley Price said her son Jacob, 15, was riding his new electric scooter, which he had just received as a Christmas present, on Chepstow Road, Newport, just after 8pm on Monday when he was approached by a car with four men in it.
She said two of the men got out of the car and demanded that the boy give them his scooter, to which he refused.
“Then one punched him in the eye, then punched him again in the eye,” she added.
Shelley said her son had tried to keep hold of the scooter but was again hit by one of the men, causing him to hit his head on the wall nearby.
“The other lad took the scooter and put it in back of car. The one lad who assaulted my boy said ‘now f*ck off you p*ssy and get home’.
“He was scared and said ‘ok’ while they sped off in the car.”
Shelley said Jacob was “very shaken up, scared and very upset” after the incident, which she has reported to the police, but fortunately did not need to go to the hospital.
“He is scared to go out and very upset, as the scooter was his Christmas present,” she said, adding that the value of the scooter was more than £400.
However, Shelley said she was touched to find out that the community was pulling together to help raise money to replace her son’s gift.
Her friend Katrina Foster has clubbed together £445 donated by members of the community, as well as £250 given by local transport company C&E Travel.
“We are overwhelmed by the kindness of people – it makes you think not every person is bad,” Shelley said of her community’s generosity.
“I would like to thank the community and each and everyone who has donated.”
A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: “We were called on the evening of Monday, December 28, reporting a robbery on Chepstow Road where a 15-year-old boy had an electric scooter stolen.
“The boy was approached by two men at about 8.20pm. One of the men assaulted the boy, and they made off with the scooter. The two men got into a car – where there were two further men – and drove off in the direction of the Celtic Manor.
“Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting 2000467241, or direct message us on Facebook or Twitter.
“Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”