Police are appealing for information following two incidents in Bishopbriggs last night, Wednesday, November 5.
A number of local youths, aged between 14 and 16 years, had gathered for a bonfire display in a field off Kenmure Avenue, when a group of older youths, believed to be from the Milton area of Glasgow, charged towards them, attacking one and stealing iPhones.
The first incident occurred about 8.15pm. On this occasion, one of the youths from the older group, who was on a white mountain bike, challenged some of the younger boys and as they ran off, a 16-year-old boy was knocked to the ground, threatened with a knife and had his iPhone stolen.
The suspect for this incident is described as white, Scottish, around 17 years of age and of medium build. He was wearing a grey Adidas hooded top which had a large Adidas logo on the chest area along with the number 9, dark blue jogging bottoms and baby blue and white Nike Air Max 95 trainers.
The second incident happened a short time later at 8.30pm when the same group of older youths attacked a second group of boys at the fire display chasing a 14-year-old boy who fell to the ground after being tripped up by one of the group and also had his iPhone stolen.
The suspects for this incident are described as:
1. male, white, 15 to 16 years of age, of ‘chunky’ build, wearing a grey/black/blue Nike hat, grey hooded jumper, dark navy Nike jogging trousers and black Nike trainers.
2. male, white, 5 ft 7, ginger hair, with a pale complexion and freckles. He was wearing an ‘Ellesse’ jumper and dark trousers – he is the one who stated the boys were from ‘the Milton’.
Detective Constable Alyson Paton, Kirkintilloch CID, is appealing for information.
She said: “The boys had been out enjoying a bonfire display when they were attacked by the youths. It was totally unprovoked and was really frightening for those involved.
“The older youths – who as said we believe may be from the Milton area – ruined the night for the boys. Thankfully no one was injured but the fact some of them were armed with knives and other weapons shows that this was a planned attack.
“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the incidents to contact police at Kirkintilloch Police Office on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.