Teenager left with two broken ribs after a knife gang jumped him over Gucci clothes at Parklife
The 17-year-old said one of the men pointed a knife at his chest and threatened to stab him if he didn’t hand over his Gucci hat, sunglasses and man bag
A teenager has been left with two broken ribs after a knife gang allegedly threatened to stab him over Gucci clothes at Parklife.
The 17-year-old boy – who asked not to be named – said he was attacked by around five or six men as he left the grounds of Heaton Park on June 12.
According to the teenager, the gang beat him and hit him in the head with a gas canister. Manchester evening news reported.
He said one of the men then pointed a knife at his chest and threatened to stab him if he didn’t hand over his Gucci hat, sunglasses and man bag.
The Moston teenager was taken to hospital after the brutal attack and was left with two broken ribs, a black eye and a bruised head.
Speaking about what happened, his mother said her son was “terrified” by the attack, which was reported to Greater Manchester Police.
She said the incident happened just before 10pm on Sunday night when her son told her how the group of men approached him as he was walking through the festival grounds towards the exit.
His mother said: “We had arranged to collect him at 10pm that evening, his sister was due to collect him from Sainsbury’s near Heaton Park.
“Around 9.50pm my daughter called me and cried and asked if I had heard from him.
“She said he was attacked. I tried calling him but couldn’t get through due to poor signal.
“He had been separated from most of his buddies but he and his friend came out to meet his sister.
“They were still in Parklife and going out. He said it may take about an hour for them to come out because so many people are leaving.
“He had a Gucci man bag, a Gucci hat and Gucci sunglasses. These guys came up to him, he said there were about five or six, then this one came up and said, ‘I want your F * g hat’.
“He said ‘You can have my hat’ then they said ‘I want your sunglasses’ and he just told them to ‘get away’. Then one of them hit him and smashed the glasses.
“His friend tried to help, but another boy came from behind, then a boy with a knife came in front of him and said, ‘Give me your damn bag, there’s no CCTV here, I’ll stab you’. “
The victim’s mother said her son was then hit in the head with a gas canister and said his friend ran to a security guard to ask for help.
However, they had to find their own way out and find a police officer, and when he managed to get off the ground, the teenager left the festival and spoke to a police officer outside.
He gave a brief statement and was picked up by his family before being taken to the hospital.
The victim’s mother said: “His face is a mess. When he left the police and came home, he was absolutely heartbroken, he was scared.
“He’s really shaken. We went to the hospital around 11:30 p.m. He had a CT scan and they gave him a check and said they see bruises but it’s not internal, there’s bruises on the back of his head and on his eye.
“He’s got a couple of broken ribs and his left eye is all swollen. We have to keep an eye on him now.”
The victim’s mother said her son was a “reasonable boy” who was at Parklife on Saturday and had no problems.
She hopes sharing what happened to her son will discourage people from carrying knives.
A GMP spokesman said: “Police have received a report of a robbery and attack that took place in Heaton Park on Sunday 12 June 2022 at around 10.30pm.
“The male victim reports that he was approached by a group of men before his clothes were stolen and he was hit on the head with what is believed to be a gas canister.
“An investigation has been launched and investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on number 101 quoting log number 52 dated June 13, 2022.”
A Parklife representative has been reached for comment.
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