A THIEF escaped with a youngster's skateboard after falsely accusing him of taking a dustcap from his bike.
The 13-year-old victim was at the skateboard area of Greenhead Park when he was approached by a gang of youths between 5.45pm and 6.45pm on Tuesday.
The gang leader asked for a go on the victim's skateboard and in return he let the youngster have a ride on his silver BMX bike.
But when they swapped back, he claimed the youngster had taken a dustcap.
He told him to hand over some money and then walked off with the victim's skateboard too.
The thief was African-Caribbean, aged 14 or 15, 5ft 2in and skinny with a deep voice and dreadlocks that were about 3in long. He wore a blue hooded zip-up top and blue tracksuit bottoms.
The youth was with four or five white boys aged from 10 to 15.
Contact Pc Neil Dunne on 01484 436582.