A MUM is scared of sending her 12-year-old son to the corner shop after he was mugged in broad daylight.

Harrison Farrell was on his way back home from the shop in Highfield Road, Farnworth, when he was assaulted in Mount Pleasant Road, just around the corner from where he lives.

The attacker got Harrison in a headlock and demanded he hand over his money.

A woman who saw the incident intervened and called the police.

Harrison’s mother, Kathy Farrell said: “I just sent him to the shop to pick up a few things for me.

“He was followed back and just as he got to the letter box, they got him from behind in a headlock and started threatening him."

She added: “He’s going to end up bumping into this lad again though and my worry is that it happens again.

“We’ve never had any trouble around here before this. It’s totally wrong.”

Two days before the incident, a concerned resident called police after spotting a gang of youths, including one carrying a machete.

CCTV footage from a house in Highfield Road shows the group walking down the road.

Police confirmed the attempted robbery had happened and said no one had been injured. Cllr Sue Haworth said more activities need to be offered for young people in the Highfield area.

She said: “Mount Pleasant Road and Highfield Road are an issue at the moment, absolutely. On Saturday I was just around the corner on Plodder Lane and police had a car and a van parked up. There was at least four officers on the street."