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Mum's call for alcohol-free zone
A CONCERNED mother is calling for Kidderminster to become an alcohol-free zone after her teenage daughter was forced to hand over cash to a group of drunken yobs.
Claire Carter said her daughter Leah Gittins, 16, was approached by two “drunk” women and a man who demanded she hand them her iPhone as she waited for a bus in Oxford Street, at 12.45pm on Monday.
When the youngster, who was on her way home from Worcester College of Technology, refused, they demanded money and she was forced to hand over £2.
The yobs are also believed to have approached two other people on the same day and Mrs Carter, of Stourport, now wants to warn other vulnerable bus users that they could be targeted.
“As my daughter got on the bus they then approached an elderly lady,” said Mrs Carter.
“I’m so angry about it. They hang around the seating area in Oxford Street and the bus stop is right by it.
They are waiting for the right person to come along.”
She added: “One of the women approached Leah and said ‘I want your phone’.
“Leah said ‘you can’t have it’ and she said ‘give me your phone or your money’.
“You can see by looking at [Leah] she’s vulnerable and they targeted her and it’s disgusting. She was absolutely frightened to death.
She’s scared about them seeing her again.”
Mrs Carter added that one of the women was believed to be in her late 30s while the other two people were slightly older.
“How many more people have they done it to?” Mrs Carter said, adding she wanted to start a campaign to stop drinking in the town.
“I want to prevent this kind of thing from happening. I think the town centre should be an alcoholfree zone.”
A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police said officers were due to meet Mrs Carter yesterday.
She added local policing officers would be “paying attention” to the area in case it was an ongoing problem.