Teens ‘mugged’ before basketball

WHITTLESEA City Basketball Association has urged its members to be careful after two teenagers were ‘mugged’ on their way to the basketball stadium.

The organisation revealed the police were formally dealing with the matter.

In a public statement released via Facebook, the Association said the two youngsters were injured.

“It has come to our attention today that two students at 8.30am this morning were coming to Mill Park Basketball Stadium to play school basketball, and were mugged and attacked resulting in injuries (sic),” the statement said.

“They were approached for cigarettes and drugs if they had any, when they said they didn’t, they were attacked.

“We advise that when coming to and leaving the stadium at odd hours to walk in groups and certainly not alone.

“This matter, from today, is under police investigation.”

Victoria Police confirmed the investigation was formally underway.

A spokesperson told the Whittlesea Review a 17-year-old was assaulted during the incident.

“Police are investigating an alleged assault at a basketball court in Mill Park on August 2,” they said.

“It’s understood the victim and his friend were stopped by two males sitting inside a grey SUV, about 8.30am

“The two teenagers inside the vehicle asked the victim and his friend for cigarettes and drugs.

“When the victim declined, the offenders exited the vehicle and assaulted the 17-year old male.

“He received minor facial injuries. The offenders then fled in the grey SUV.”

Any with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.