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  Gang attacks children for mobiles at cinema
Updated 05 January 2002, 13.51

A magical night out to see the Fellowship of the Ring ended in a nightmare for 10 children after they were robbed of their mobile phones as they left the cinema.

The seven boys and three girls aged 10 to 13, were attacked by a gang of 40 teenagers who threatened them then ran off with pocket money and four mobiles.

'Shocked'

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Apparently one of the victims even asked a passer-by for help but the adult ran away.

The horrible robbery, which happened in south-east London, lasted for about five minutes and was only broken up after pizza shop staff saw what was happening.

The children are said to be "very shocked and distressed".

Descriptions

Police, who have descriptions of the gang leaders thought to be about 14 or 15 years-old, said: "This was a very unpleasant experience for a group of children attending their local cinema. They were in a large group and obviously expecting safety in numbers."

But latest figures show that half of all street crime in London now involves mobiles.


 
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