Teenagers beaten and robbed by ‘violent’ gang in Houghton Regis


A boy and girl were beaten, robbed and threatened with a knife by a gang of teenagers in Houghton Regis last week.

At around 3.10pm last Thursday, the teenage boy and girl were approached by a gang of between seven and nine teenagers near the cycle path close to Neptune Square.

The yobs robbed the pair of their possessions before punching and kicking them as they sat on the floor. The victims were also threatened with a knife.

Items stolen included a black rucksack, brown wallet containing cash and a yellow iPhone

The group are described as white, aged between 15 and 18, and all rode off on bikes in the direction of the Nisa convenience store in Neptune Square. One of the group wore a grey tracksuit, and another wore a black tracksuit.

PC Ben Jones said: “This was a violent and senseless attack by youths, against youths, in broad daylight. We are in the middle of the summer holidays and know that most young people in the county are law-abiding, but will not tolerate this level of criminality.

“I would urge all people, and particularly children and young people out and about during the nicer weather, to be aware of their surroundings and to refrain from advertising their valuable personal belongings. If you are concerned about threatening behaviour, move away and report details to police on 101.

“I’m keen to speak to anyone who was in Neptune Square at this time, or has any information about a group of youths behaving in this manner, to contact me.”

Call PC Jones on 101 with information, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.