Dagenham schoolboy mugged for a tenner

Daniel Padgett, 11, was mugged on Friday afternoon after his mum Lisa sent him on an errand to the s

Daniel Padgett, 11, was mugged on Friday afternoon after his mum Lisa sent him on an errand to the shops - Credit: Archant

An 11-year-old boy has been left traumatised after he was mugged in the middle of the afternoon.

Daniel Padgett, 11, was heading to the shops to pick up washing powder for his mum when a balaclava-clad man pushed him out of the way and grabbed a £10 note from his pocket.

“It was very sudden, it happened so quickly,” said Daniel, who was attacked in Bennetts Castle Lane, Dagenham, at about 4.30pm on Friday.

“This guy came up out from nowhere and barged into me. He was wearing a balaclava and a grey/silver tracksuit, and he took my money.

“It was very sudden, it happened so quickly. I was really scared.”

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The Year 7 student at Warren School said he had dismounted from his bike to cross the road, when the assailant appeared from nowhere and took his cash.

“I’m worried now about going to school,” admitted Daniel, who had to miss school on Monday after a vomiting illness all weekend.

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“My doctor told me not to go in for a couple of days to recover.”

His mum, Lisa Padgett, 40, said she’s horrified by what has happened.

“When he came home he was crying, shaking and said he’d been mugged,” she recalled. “He’s only 11 years old.

“He’s looking over his shoulders, he’s scared of going out. It’s made me more aware of people around me, it’s made me more conscious of going out and letting my children out.”

The mum-of-five says she has told her two eldest children to stick together, and is even more careful about keeping the younger ones in her sight.

“Daniel doesn’t want to go toschool now because he’s so frightened – I’m going to have to take him,” she said.

But Lisa added: “I don’t want to wrap him in cotton wool, I want to give him a bit of independence so that they get used to going out and being in the world.”

A spokesman for the police said they are investigating the incident.

No arrests have been made.

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