A TEENAGE schoolgirl was robbed in a terrifying broad daylight ordeal as she walked home after an exam.
Detectives have now warned youngsters to be vigilant after the 16-year-old was confronted in Derby Road, Hilton.
The John Port School pupil handed over money to a young man who approached her after getting out of a dark red car.
Detective Inspector Brian Bilby said: “While this appears to be an isolated incident, we want to warn other pupils to be on their guard.
“During the exam season young people are more likely to be walking to or from school on their own and we want to make sure they are safe.”
Police released details yesterday of the robbery which happened at about 3.10pm on Wednesday when the schoolgirl was approached by a gang of youths in the car.
They pulled up next to her before the attacker got out, threatened her and demanded she hand over cash.
He unsuccessfully tried to grab her mobile phone before the girl ran home.
The robber is thought to be aged in his late teens or early 20s and about six feet tall.
He has dark brown, greasy hair with a sweeping fringe and a silver crystal earring.
He wore a burgundy polo shirt and grey trousers.
Anyone who thinks they know who the robber is, or who has information, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
In an unrelated event, police scrambled armed officers and dog units to Swadlincote after fears were raised of a man driving around with a gun.
Officers then arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a firearm in Sir Herbert Wragg Way at about 3pm yesterday.
The man is thought to be local and was on his own when officers stopped him in his Fiat Punto. No weapon was found.