Aspley teenager Charlie robbed of bike for second time
A MUGGER left a schoolboy fearing for his life after threatening him with a flick-knife and stealing his £20 BMX bike.
Charlie Smeeton, 16, was riding home from a friend's house when the robber confronted him in Aspley last Wednesday night.
It is the second time in three years the teenager has been robbed of his bike in the street.
Charlie left his friend's home in Fulwood Crescent and was riding towards Ambleside Road when the mugger approached at around 8.50pm.
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Charlie, an Ellis Guilford School pupil, said: "I heard footsteps and then someone tapped me on the shoulder. He had run to catch up with me.
"I turned around and he just said 'give me your bike' and then pulled a flick-knife out.
"It was frightening. I was thinking 'am I going to get stabbed?'"
The mugger took the bike, handing Charlie the chain lock.
Charlie then ran home without looking back. He added: "I was scared for my life and just hoping I would get home. Afterwards I just ran as fast as I could."
His dad Geoffrey, 68, applauded police for coming to the house to reassure the family soon after the crime, but hit out at the mugger.
He said: "Charlie was extremely upset. He came in very distressed. He loved the bike because he'd built it from bits and pieces for about £20.
"The person who did this is a coward. There's no other word."
He said Charlie had another bike taken from him by an older youth on Hilcot Drive three years ago.
Mr Smeeton said: "This area used to be fairly bad for crime, but things have changed and now it's better, but there are still problems."
The suspect is described as white, about 18, of average build and five feet ten inches.
He was wearing black clothing with a hooded top and a black baseball cap.
The stolen bike is red and black with an Apollo frame and orange stunt pegs.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Stevens at Oxclose Lane CID on 101 ext 8034236, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.