A teenager’s head was stomped on by a gang of thugs who forced him to take off and put on his Canada Goose designer coat.
The 15-year-old was with a group of three friends when thugs approached them in Williamson Square on Boxing Day.
The four teenagers were attacked and threatened with a “knife” by an older gang while standing near St John’s Shopping Center.
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The brutal attack, which took place around 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, saw a 15-year-old knocked down to the ground before his head was trampled on.
Merseyside Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident in which the gang also stole the boy’s £ 1,100 jacket, a watch and £ 200 in cash.
Phil Evenson, the father of the boy whose head was trampled on, told ECHO his son “does not want to return to Liverpool” after the attack.
The 33-year-old from New Ferry said: “He doesn’t want to go back to Liverpool and I won’t let him.
“He and his friends were waiting outside St John’s when someone came over and said ‘where are you from boy?’
“Next thing he hit him and nodded he had a knife. He put his hand in his pants and said ‘give me your coat or I’ll stab you’.
“He took off the coat that contained a watch, Airpods and Christmas money from his back. My son tried to run away, but the other gang members chased him and put him to the ground. and started kicking him in the head.
“It was around 3:45 pm and there were a lot of people there and no one came to see my son to check if he was okay.
“I can sort of understand that people weren’t getting involved in case they got knives, but even after the gang escaped, no one came to see how he was doing.”
The gang also assaulted another boy who was friends with Mr. Evenson’s son.
The father added: “To be honest, he’s still very shaken up.
“I’ve seen comments on Facebook where lots of people say incidents like this happen all the time.”
After the assault was posted on the Liverpool Crimewatch Facebook page, the Evenson family received numerous messages of support from people offering to donate money to replace the son’s stolen Christmas presents.
Mr Evenson said: “There was a lot of positivity. People texted me saying they would buy him a new coat or donate to a GoFundMe.
“I’m actually going to a designer store tomorrow that said my son could come and pick any jacket he wanted.
“It made me cry when I got this message to be honest. There was a very positive response from the general public.”
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: ‘We can confirm that officers are investigating a theft in Liverpool city center where a number of items were reportedly stolen.
“At approximately 3:50 pm on Sunday, December 26, it was reported that five men approached two teenagers in Williamson Square. The attackers assaulted and threatened a 15-year-old boy, asking him to put on his coat.
“No weapons were seen by the victim.
“The victim put on his coat before being pursued to St John’s police station where he was assaulted again.
“A forensic investigation is ongoing and investigations are underway, including the review of CCTV footage.”
Detective Inspector Ben Dyer said: “It was a terrible incident for the victim which will not be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside.
“This incident took place at a time when it would have been busy, so if you were in the area just before 4pm on Boxing Day and saw something, please contact us.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact us @MerPolCC on Twitter, “Merseyside Police Contact Center” on Facebook or call 101 with ref 21000890263. You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously
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