A gang of masked youths threatened to shoot a group of girls during a daylight robbery in a Leeds park, police said today.
Five girls, four aged 15 and one 16-year-old, were with a 15-year-old boy in Temple Newsam park on Sunday afternoon when they were targeted by a gang of five or six boys of roughly the same age.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “One of the suspects produced what appeared to be a handgun, but is thought to have been a plastic imitation or ball-bearing gun, and threatened to shoot the 16-year-old victim. She handed over her mobile phone.
“Other members of the group were threatened and assaulted and had their phones and other property taken from them.”
The incident happened at about 4.30pm opposite the football pitch about 200 yards from Cranewells Vale.
The gang ran off into woods in the direction of Temple Newsam House after the attack.
All but one of were described as black, aged 16 to 17 and wearing dark tracksuits with hoods up.
They had the lower part of their faces covered.
One of the group was mixed race or white and about 5ft tall and slim. He looked about 13 years-old and was said to look out of place in the group.
Anyone with information should call CID at Stainbeck police station on 101.