Mugging victim warns ‘Don’t walk alone or this might happen’

Oxford Mail: Mugging victim warns ‘Don’t walk alone or this might happen’ Mugging victim warns ‘Don’t walk alone or this might happen’

A MUGGING victim who suffered a broken jaw in an attack he cannot remember has warned people to stick with friends on nights out.

Electrician Rob Jennings has no memory of being beaten and robbed after a night out with friends in Oxford.

The 32-year-old last night said he believed he was targeted because he was walking home alone.

He left The Bullingdon, in Cowley Road, at about 2.30am on Saturday and was walking along Union Street when he was approached from behind by three men.

He said his attackers demanded money and when he turned round he was punched in the face.

The next thing he remembers is stumbling into Kebab Kid, in Cowley Road, with a bloody nose and face.

His wallet, about £60 in cash, bank cards, car keys, and his mobile phone had all been stolen.

He also suffered a fracture to his left eye socket and two fractures to his jaw. He has also suffered nerve damage to his face.

The former Cherwell School pupil said: “I blacked out. I can only remember the first hit.

“They must have beaten me. The next thing I remember is walking into Kebab Kid and asking for help.

“I would advise people to keep with a big group. If they (robbers) can single people out, they will go for them.”

Police statistics show 134 people were robbed in Oxford between April last year and March this year, 27 of whom were attacked within a mile of Cowley Road.

And 21 per cent of city robberies last year resulted in a caution, charge, or conviction.

From April 2011 to March last year, 159 people were robbed and 23 per cent of the crimes saw a caution, charge or conviction.

Mr Jennings was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by ambulance and was kept in overnight.

Doctors have told him his recovery will take about six weeks.

He said: “I have kept a brave face. I have not let it affect me too much. I’ll wait for it to heal and hopefully go back to leading a normal life.”

He said the police had been asking businesses in the area for CCTV footage, adding: “I’m hoping they’re going to be found. Hopefully, people will speak out about if they saw anything there. If it wasn’t me, it would have been someone else that night.”

Police had not made any arrests, but they described one suspect as of Asian appearance, slim, about 5ft 8in, with short hair.

Det Sgt Rhian Evans appealed for anyone with information to call her on the 101 non-emergency number.

She said: “We’re doing everything we can to identify the offenders involved in this violent robbery.

“Incidents such as these are extremely rare, but when they do occur, police will work hard to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Anyone with information can also call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555111 or go online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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11:59am Thu 23 May 13

becks82 says...

Totally disgraceful!!!
Police were aware of robberies around the area surely more police should be patrolling these areas more to try and prevent these evil barlambs!!!

Wish you a speedy recovery rob!
Hope these people get what they deserve.
Totally disgraceful!!! Police were aware of robberies around the area surely more police should be patrolling these areas more to try and prevent these evil barlambs!!! Wish you a speedy recovery rob! Hope these people get what they deserve. becks82

5:14pm Thu 23 May 13

Oflife says...

becks82 wrote:
Totally disgraceful!!!
Police were aware of robberies around the area surely more police should be patrolling these areas more to try and prevent these evil barlambs!!!

Wish you a speedy recovery rob!
Hope these people get what they deserve.
The police are busy chasing motorists for the £60 to feed the council. And that is not a joke. As a long term long suffering FORMER resident of Oxford, who has been the victim of and observed countless crimes, from theft to worse, the left wing nature of the city (as I have mentioned before on the OM website) means a blind eye is turned to serious crime and only dealt with when too late, as per the 6 or 7 who exploited young ladies over the years right under the noses of the community.

Those who live in the area claim it's all rather lovely and 'multicultural'. Hmm, ask the Swedish, the residents of Woolwhich and any other area populated by low lives whose lives are 'funded' by the proceeds of crime. How is that working out for you then, hmm?

Britain is an embarrassment. Compare to America where this sort of thing would never happen because the police would be onto the criminals in minutes and deal with them properly.

My heart goes out to the young man and I hope someone in the police with a conscience who is not hindered by touchy feely politics goes after the people who did this to you.
[quote][p][bold]becks82[/bold] wrote: Totally disgraceful!!! Police were aware of robberies around the area surely more police should be patrolling these areas more to try and prevent these evil barlambs!!! Wish you a speedy recovery rob! Hope these people get what they deserve.[/p][/quote]The police are busy chasing motorists for the £60 to feed the council. And that is not a joke. As a long term long suffering FORMER resident of Oxford, who has been the victim of and observed countless crimes, from theft to worse, the left wing nature of the city (as I have mentioned before on the OM website) means a blind eye is turned to serious crime and only dealt with when too late, as per the 6 or 7 who exploited young ladies over the years right under the noses of the community. Those who live in the area claim it's all rather lovely and 'multicultural'. Hmm, ask the Swedish, the residents of Woolwhich and any other area populated by low lives whose lives are 'funded' by the proceeds of crime. How is that working out for you then, hmm? Britain is an embarrassment. Compare to America where this sort of thing would never happen because the police would be onto the criminals in minutes and deal with them properly. My heart goes out to the young man and I hope someone in the police with a conscience who is not hindered by touchy feely politics goes after the people who did this to you. Oflife

5:42pm Thu 23 May 13

skeftome79 says...

"Police statistics show 134 people were robbed in Oxford between April last year and March this year, 27 of whom were attacked within a mile of Cowley Road."

And further down...

"Det Sgt Rhian Evans...said...Incid
ents such as these are extremely rare..."

I do wonder what constitutes a rare incident.
"Police statistics show 134 people were robbed in Oxford between April last year and March this year, 27 of whom were attacked within a mile of Cowley Road." And further down... "Det Sgt Rhian Evans...said...Incid ents such as these are extremely rare..." I do wonder what constitutes a rare incident. skeftome79

6:20pm Thu 23 May 13

famalam says...

Also most incidents probably aren't reported to the police. This is horrific.
Also most incidents probably aren't reported to the police. This is horrific. famalam

4:58pm Fri 24 May 13

achki* says...

More plain clothes police are needed in East Oxford at night. To clean up the area. So sad to see such injuries. Rob wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope the police catch the culprits pretty quick.
More plain clothes police are needed in East Oxford at night. To clean up the area. So sad to see such injuries. Rob wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope the police catch the culprits pretty quick. achki*

6:16pm Fri 24 May 13

Abartonresident says...

What some scum bags. Won't work for what they want, just take it off others that do. I would annihilate the lot.
What some scum bags. Won't work for what they want, just take it off others that do. I would annihilate the lot. Abartonresident

9:34pm Fri 24 May 13

caversfield says...

Been a few times at night, wouldn't go again on my own. Of those few times once found a bloke on his own in the middle of the road unconscious, got him round. I'm guessing they were his friends came out of a near by house to look after him, so left them to it.
Been a few times at night, wouldn't go again on my own. Of those few times once found a bloke on his own in the middle of the road unconscious, got him round. I'm guessing they were his friends came out of a near by house to look after him, so left them to it. caversfield

12:55pm Wed 5 Jun 13

Teddybarrett says...

That's good advice from Rob - you need to realise that these cowardly animals roam in packs, so don't give them the advantage. I just wish we had Guardian Angels on the streets like they used to have in the States.
That's good advice from Rob - you need to realise that these cowardly animals roam in packs, so don't give them the advantage. I just wish we had Guardian Angels on the streets like they used to have in the States. Teddybarrett

10:10pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Frampton says...

The police are sadly pretty useless and not really interested. They seem to have merely become an adjunct for victim's insurance claims. Having been a victim of a mugging before in London a few years ago, they were more interested in filling in forms about my ethnicity than trying to catch the muggers. It was never properly followed up, just some pathetic letter inviting me to have 'counselling'.
The police are sadly pretty useless and not really interested. They seem to have merely become an adjunct for victim's insurance claims. Having been a victim of a mugging before in London a few years ago, they were more interested in filling in forms about my ethnicity than trying to catch the muggers. It was never properly followed up, just some pathetic letter inviting me to have 'counselling'. Frampton

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