A mum has spoken of her “heartbreak” after her 12-year-old son had the brand new scooter he was gifted for Christmas stolen by two knife-wielding thieves – the first time he took it out.
The robbery took place on Old Church Road, Bell Green, the day after Boxing day and has ruined the festive period for those involved.
The victim’s mother, who asked not to be named, told CoventryLive she feels like a “failure” for not being there to protect her son.
The Year 8 pupil at Foxford Senior School was keen to get out on his new scooter and begged his mum to let him out to play for an hour on December 27.
After calling for a friend who came out on his bike, the pair made their way to call on another pal. This is when they passed two males, who doubled back and approached the young friends, took out knives and demanded the scooter and bike.
Police are investigating and have appealed for any witnesses – or those with information – to come forward.
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The victim’s mum said: “My son asked if he could play out. He doesn’t go out normally, he usually stays in and plays the computer, which I’d rather. But he wanted to go out for a little bit, just for an hour.
“He called for his friend who came out on his bike, then they went to call for another lad at the bottom of Old Church Road.
“But as they were going over the hill, two lads were coming up the hill but then after they went passed him they turned back round and followed them around a corner, and then it all happened.
“They demanded the scooter and bike and pulled out a kitchen knife and a flick knife. My son said he thought they were aged about 18 or 19.
“Then he came home, he was sobbing saying his scooter had been taken but I thought he was joking. When I realised he wasn’t we called the police and they’ve been really good – they came straight out within minutes.
“They found the bike dumped, I don’t know where, but it was an old bike whereas the scooter was two days old – it was the first time he’d been out on it.
“I was heartbroken and angry. I hate the people that did this. I hate people like this anyway, it means you can’t let your kids out, it’s not safe.
“I’m thankful he handed it them. My boy’s a good lad – I’ve brought my kids up on my own, and taught them right from wrong.”
The mum, who has lived in Bell Green her whole life, told how Christmas was supposed to be a healing time for the family after such a difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has been made tougher due to the fact she is high risk.
“It was the first thing I saved for and I bought it two months ago,” she shared, speaking of the scooter. “I live on my own with my two kids, and this year’s been really hard for everyone.
“I’m high risk, so it’s been extra hard, and I’ve drummed safety into them so much. They’ve been through so much – they haven’t seen their dad who’s been stuck on the other side of the world and couldn’t fly back because of the restrictions.
“They were dead excited Christmas morning. My son was so happy with his present. Christmas Day and Boxing Day was good but then it all went pear-shaped.
“Now my son keeps giving me hugs and telling me he loves me. I don’t think he wants to go back to school.”
But it’s not just her son who is suffering. The rest of the family, including his nine-year-old sister, are also feeling the impact.
The mum-of-six said: “My older children have flown the nest, so it’s just me and you youngest two.
“My nine-year-old daughter, she’s adamant she never wants to play out. The impact it’s had on her is so crazy and it’s her birthday coming up.”
She added of her son: “I let him out for 20 minutes and this happened, I feel sick and guilty. Normally I go everywhere with them – I basically wrap them up in cotton wool and maybe I shouldn’t.
“But I feel sick I wasn’t there to protect him – I feel like a failure.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We’re investigating a robbery on Old Church Road in Coventry just before 3.15pm on Sunday, December 27, where an electric scooter and mountain bike were stolen by two men who approached two boys and threatened to hurt them.
“The bike was later found by officers, but the electric scooter is still outstanding.
“Enquiries continue and anyone with information or who saw what happened is asked to contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime reference 20CV/323653E/20.”