ANGLERS have been shocked by a night-time mugging of a junior carp enthusiast by balaclava-clad scum.

Teenager Robert Hastings suffered a harrowing ordeal of being mugged by the two men who stole all his tackle at a normally trouble-free fishery, Ray Fosters Pond in Leven.

The recent school leaver from Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, aged just 16, was on the last night of a three-day carp trip to a local day ticket fishery when he was awoken by his bite alarms going off, only to find two men stealing all his tackle. The two thugs also ordered him to hand over his wallet, phone and receiver.

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Robert’s mother Sarah explained: “Robert is just about to start an apprenticeship as a joiner and before doing so went away on the trip with two friends. They were asleep in their bivvy in a different swim.

“The men tried to cut the line with cigarette lighters but this set the alarms off.

“They were very aggressive and Robert was quite traumatised but he refused to hand over his phone, although did give them the £20 he had on him.”

The tackle stolen, worth around £1,900, includes three Shimano Ultegra XTC 14000 reels, three Fox Warrior Black 3 lb test curve rods and a Fox X Pod Plus with Delkim buzzers.

Humberside police are investigating – if you can help call them on the non-emergency number 101 quoting Crime Reference 2199471.

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