Violent mugger threatens to burn house down

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 June 2011




A THIEF punched and stamped on a man in a violent unprovoked attack for a mobile phone last Friday evening in Worle.

The robber then woke his father by ringing him with the stolen phone and threatened to ‘burn their house down’.

Liam Harlett, aged 19, arrived at McDonald’s in Queensway District Centre after work for some food with his friend at about 10.30pm.

The duo sat in his car eating their food when a BMW parked in front of them and the driver got out and approached them.

Liam initially thought it was his friends.

He said: “By the time I realised it wasn’t one of my friends I tried to lock my doors with my elbow.

“He opened the door and said he wanted my keys to the car and my phone and everything I have got.

“After I told him ‘no you’re not having it’ he reached into the car and punched me about six or seven times.

“He then held onto the roof rack and used it as leverage and started stamping on me.”

Liam then told the man to take his iPhone, and having taken it he continued to punch Liam more before he left.

The man then rang Liam’s father, Lee at 11.55pm.

Lee said: “I had a phone call from the person who nicked the phone while I was in bed.

“First of all he said Liam had attacked his 14-year-old daughter.

“He then said he is going to burn the house down and that he was my ‘worst nightmare’.

“I could tell that the guy was drunk, because he kept repeating himself.

“I then set off and looked for Liam and drove around the streets of Weston.

“I found his car outside the police station just before 3am.

“When I saw him I was just pleased that he wasn’t hurt.”

Following the incident, Liam woke up on Monday morning at his house in Moorland Road in Weston, to find his car had been broken into.

Liam said: “I woke up and someone had thrown a brick through my window.

“They took my stereo and it is hard to say if the incidents are related because there have been break-ins recently in the area.”

Since the attack in the car park, Liam has felt nervous at the sight of BMW cars.

He said: “When I deliver pizzas and I see a BMW I wonder if it is him.

“I am worried about seeing him again.”

Police are asking for any witnesses to the attack, and if anyone has seen a dark coloured BMW series three coupe or convertible using McDonald’s car park to call 0845 4567000.

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