SKATE park users are calling for improved security measures to be introduced after two violent robberies of bikes.
A teenager was smashed so badly around the jaw and head with a metal bar in one of the attacks that doctors at Doncaster Royal Infirmary could see his skull when they stitched his wounds.
Concerned parent Simon Mears, 36, from Campsall, rides at the skate park in Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough, with his seven-year-old son Logan near to where the attack happened.
He said: “It’s somewhere you would consider to be safe because there are a lot of young children who go there after school.
“These two lads have taken a metal bar to someone’s head just for the sake of a bike.
“I have a cheap bike and that cost £400, so nicking a couple of bikes every now and again is a pretty lucrative business. Extra lighting around the skate park would help.”
The Free Press understands the two men, who stole two bikes in the May 5 attack, demanded that the 17-year-old handed over his home-made bike. One hit him with the bar when he refused.
On May 10 two men used a knife to rob a bike from a teenager on the TransPennie Trail between Sprotbrough and Edlington.
Skate park user Jed Swift, 17, from Sprotbrough, and engineering student at Doncaster College, said: “For the last two years people have been getting their bikes nicked, but none of them were my age, they were all younger.
“No one had ever seen these two guys before so they weren’t people who use the skate park.”
The suspects in both robberies we in their late teens or early 20s, white, around six feet tall and of slim to medium build.
Area 51 which runs the Anchorage Lane park was unavailable for comment.