A TEENAGE boy was chased and threatened with a knife by a thief who stole his mobile phone - almost a week after a similar robbery in Glasgow's South Side.

The 13-year-old was left terrified after the robbery which happened on his birthday in the Pollokshields area on Monday at around 3.40pm.

The victim was walking along Terregles Avenue when he was approached by a man on a bike who demanded his mobile phone.

The boy ran off through Maxwell Park to get away but the robber chased him and caught up with him in Springkell Avenue near St Andrews Drive where he threatened the boy with a knife and stole his mobile phone.

The violent robbery comes after we reported on similar terrifying incidents last week when four schoolboys had their mobile phones snatched. The victims, aged 11 to 15, were targeted in The Queens Park area.

Police Scotland could not say at this stage whether the incidents were linked but provided a similar description of the suspect.

He is described as Asian, mid 20s, 5ft 9 inches to 5ft 10 inches, dark brown/black hair, brown eyes, and slim to medium build.

He was wearing a dark grey hooded ‘Bomber’ jacket and baggy grey jogging bottoms. He was riding a royal blue mountain bike.

Constable Graham Nicolson, Greater Glasgow Division, Community Investigation Unit, said: “Although not injured by the man, this was a frightening experience for the young boy whose birthday it was yesterday as well.

“Officers are checking CCTV in the area and are keen to speak to anyone who saw the man on the bike or the robbery happen.

“Local schools were coming out and there were people in the area, particularly Maxwell Park, at that time. Maybe someone saw the man on the bike chase the boy or saw him hanging about the area prior to the incident?

“If you have any information that will assist us identify the man responsible for this cowardly crime please call officers at the Community Investigation Unit at Govan Police Station via 101 quoting reference number 2344 of 10 September 2018 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given anonymously.”