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Child beaten and robbed by teens

PUBLISHED: 12:04 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:00 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE gang kicked, punched and robbed a 10-year-old boy then threatened to kill him while on his way to a nearby shop to buy a pint of milk. Dakarai Francis was targeted by several teenagers aged 16 to 17 last Saturday as he walked to a parade of sho

A TEENAGE gang kicked, punched and robbed a 10-year-old boy then threatened to kill him while on his way to a nearby shop to buy a pint of milk.

Dakarai Francis was targeted by several teenagers aged 16 to 17 last Saturday as he walked to a parade of shops about 400 yards from his home in Hook Lane, Welling.

The gang tripped him up then kicked him while on the floor, took money from his pockets, then repeatedly punched him in the face and body while hurling verbal taunts.

His father, Carville Francis, 31, told how his son returned home clutching a swollen hand and elbow from trying to defend himself from blows while on the floor.

According to Mr Francis, Dakarai was spotted by an off-duty police officer walking home sobbing in pain, holding his arm. This was the third time he was targeted this year.

Mr Francis said: "When I saw my boy so upset my first reaction was to go in the garden and get a stick - I was so angry I wanted to go after the people who did it.

"They are cowards, this is a 10-year-old boy, a child. He was so frightened - the teenagers said to him that if he told anyone who they were, they would kill him."

Complaining of stomach pains, Dakarai was taken to a doctor by his father.

Mr Francis said: "My son could have been killed in the attack, had bones broken or had his face badly injured from the kicking."

He claims his son was targeted by the same gang in January, then a month later, and added: "A 10-year-old should be able to walk along the street in safety. It's the school summer holidays, there were kids outside playing on their bikes.

"He was walking less than two bus stops away from the house. An attack like this should not happen, I want something done about it."

Falconwood and Welling Safer Neighbourhoods Team have contacted the family and are working with Bexley CID.

Police are looking for two white males aged 16 to 17. Anyone who has any information about the attack should call Bexley CID on 020 8284 9296 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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