A MOTHER is appealing for more police on the streets after her teenage son was mugged in broad daylight.
The 14-year-old was grabbed by two black youths near Gunnersbury train station as he walked a girl home from school at about 6pm last Thursday.
The hooded men stole his iPod and phone, before running off.
His mum, Victoria Howes, said: “He was really shaken up. The youths had their hands in their pockets so my son had no way of knowing if they had a knife or not and their faces were completely covered so they couldn’t have been identified. They really knew what they were doing.”
She added: “I have heard of four muggings in that particular stretch recently and it seems they are targeting young kids in their school uniform.”
Ms Howes, of St Thomas Road, Chiswick, said she wanted to make other parents aware of the spate of street robberies.
She added: “The thing that really concerns me is they were standing at the bus stop and appeared to be singling people out, it really frightens me that any young woman or child walking alone could be targeted.
“It would certainly help if there were more police on the streets, or even an increase in the visibility of community officers. I haven’t seen any police for ages and the crime rate is just going up.”
So far no one has been questioned over the incident.
A police spokesman said: “This was obviously a horrible thing to happen and we are looking into the crime.”