Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton boy, nine, robbed of Xmas mobile phone gift

A nine-year-old boy was attacked and had his Christmas present stolen by a group of teenagers in Hampshire.

The child was set upon by four boys close to the Sainsbury's store in Shirley High Street in Southampton.

They kicked and punched him before stealing his new Blackberry Curve 850 mobile phone, worth about £120, which he had recently received as a present.

Police said he was lucky not to have been seriously hurt following the attack on the afternoon of 29 December.

Det Cons Gavin Jordan said: "This was a nasty attack by much older boys on a nine-year-old for no reason it seems other than to show-off.

"The fact they also stole his phone which was a Christmas present from his family makes it even worse."

Three of attackers are white and the other black and ranged in height from 5ft 4ins to 5ft 11ins, police said.

One was wearing black Nike Air trainers while another culprit was wearing a black top with the writing "Just Do It".

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