THE mother of a youngster who was allegedly threatened with a knife has called for immediate action to be taken to get those responsible off the streets.
Adele Ward, of Pontefract Road, Lundwood, was left shaken after her 12-year-old daughter Darcy returned home in tears.
Darcy told her mum that she was approached by a man and a woman who then followed her.
The pair then allegedly made threats to Darcy and threatened her with a knife.
After returning home, Adele confronted the pair in a bid to protect her daughter.
The 40-year-old said: “All she was doing was walking with her friend – they’re traumatised.
“Once Darcy came back in tears, I went out to confront them and went into protective mum mode.
“I just can’t understand why people would do such a thing.
“I rang the police straight away in the hope they would be taken off the streets.”
Adele believes her daughter will be affected by this for the foreseeable future, and worries that other youngsters could become victims.
“She’s still shaken up by it now and will be for a long time to come,” she added.
“This is happening all over Lundwood with many people having similar experiences to me. It’s so scary to be living in fear like this.
“We’ve been sharing stories in our community group about these types of incidents.
“These two need locking up for what they’ve done to Darcy.”
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police confirmed that arrests have been made in connection to the incident.
The spokesperson said: “We received reports that two girls were walking from a property on Pontefract Road and were approached by a known man and woman.
“The parents of the girls have then become involved in an altercation and threats have been made to the parents.
“Two people were arrested.
“Both suspects are placed on court bail and are due to attend court for the second hearing later in the year.”