Safety advice from detectives after a spate of muggings

POLICE have given advice on staying safe after a spate of muggings in Halifax.

The most recent victim was a 16-year-old boy who was robbed on Tuesday at 11.05am when he was walking down an alley between Clover Hill Road and Heath Road in Savile Park,Halifax.

Four men blocked his path and took his mobile phone and wallet.

Three were described as afro-caribbean and in their early 20s. One was around 6ft 4ins tall and of heavy build. He was wearing a black NY Yankees baseball cap, black Adidas Originals hoodie with the hood over his hat, and a pair of grey Nike jogging bottoms with a red logo.

He was also wearing a black and white chequered scarf covering face and black woolly gloves.

The second was of heavy build. He had brown eyes, rounded features and was wearing a plain black hoodie with the hood up over a black baseball cap. He was wearing grey Nike joggers with red logo.

The third was around 6ft tall and of heavy build. He wore a diamond stud ear ring in each ear and was wearing a black and white chequered scarf covering his face and black woolly gloves. He also wore a black hoodie with “Star In Da Hood” emblazoned in silver lettering across front and black Adidas track pants with green logo and lettering.

The fourth was described as white, in his late teens, around 5ft 11ins tall and thin. He had sharp facial features and wore a black woolly hat covering his ears and eyebrows. He also wore a grey nylon zip hoodie with McKenzie branding from right shoulder diagonally down the front.

The mugging comes after a 27-year-old man’s wallet and phone were taken by two men on Hyde Park Road in King Cross, Halifax, between 5.15am and 5.25am on Sunday.

And a 44-year-old man was robbed by two men on Caygill Terrace, off Skircoat Road, Halifax, in the early hours of Saturday, August 13.

Descriptions of the culprits are different for each of the three muggings and they are understood to be being treated as separate incidents.

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim, police are urging people to not to carry too much cash, always keep wallets and purses in secure places rather than carrying in hands and always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. They also warn against walking home alone late at night and say people who have to should choose well-lit main roads and walk confidently.