Postby Beachboys » Mon Mar 20, 2023 10:35 am
Of the many troubling issues that these muggings raise, I think it's worth underscoring how casual these encounters look to passersby like Cinderalla said. (Except, obviously, for Westcoastmom's son -- I'm so sorry that happened to him and I hope he's okay.)
My two boys, 13 and 11, were mugged on Wandsworth Common on the way back from school last month. It happened on the footpath between Trinity Road and Windmill Road, in daylight and while there were other people about. Three youths surrounded them, shoved them and demanded their phones. After they handed the phones over, my older son had the presence of mind to ask a pair of passersby for help and they kindly intervened. In their witness statements afterwards, the passersby noted -- just like Cinderalla -- that they initially had no idea a robbery was taking place. They just saw a group of boys huddled together and some jostling.
I wonder if that's partly why the perpetrators feel they can get away with it.