Young boy punched in unprovoked attack
A YOUNG boy was punched and head-butted in an unprovoked attack by a group of youths in Eaton Socon. Cambridgeshire police said the 10-year-old, who is from Eaton Socon, had been walking through an alleyway opposite the bus stop in Nelson Road when he was
A YOUNG boy was punched and head-butted in an unprovoked attack by a group of youths in Eaton Socon.
Cambridgeshire police said the 10-year-old, who is from Eaton Socon, had been walking through an alleyway opposite the bus stop in Nelson Road when he was assaulted by a group of five youths.
The incident happened as the boy was returning home from posting a letter on Sunday (January 6) at about 1.30pm.
Officers said the boy walked past a nearby play area when some older boys shouted abuse at him. He ignored them, posted the letter and was walking home when he realised he was being followed.
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The victim tried to run but was trapped by the youths. Three of the group then took turns to assault him by head-butting and punching the boy to the head and stomach.
The 10-year-old was not seriously hurt but was left shocked and shaken and ran home to tell his father.
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Police said the first attacker was described as white, aged 15 or 16, was 5ft 3in tall and had fair hair and freckles. He was wearing a top with blue and grey horizontal stripes, a dark blue jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.
The second was described as white, aged 12 or 13, was 5ft tall, and also had freckles and a gaunt face He wore a red hooded top with a yellow picture on the front, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.
The third was also white, 5ft 6in tall, 14 or 15-years-old, with dark, spiky hair. He wore black tracksuit bottoms with white lines running down each leg, a black hooded top and black shoes.
Pc Mark Mossop, from St Neots police station, said: "This was an unprovoked and cowardly attack on a young boy and any information people may have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be very important."
INFORMATION: Contact Pc Mossop on 0845 456 4564, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.