News from South West England..
A 14 YEAR-OLD boy has been left with serious head injuries after he was allegedly attacked by a gang of men in Barton.
The teenager, from Lydney, suffered the horrific injuries as he left Europe Food, in Barton Street, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.
It is alleged between seven and nine Asian males were involved in a vicious assault and that a bat, bottle and golf club were used.
A 37-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. He is currently being questioned by police.
The victim was taken to hospital following the incident with serious but not life-threatening injuries. He was still in hospital at the time of going to press.
Gloucester city councillor Usman Bhaimia (Lib Dem. Barton) has admitted this incident reflects badly on the Barton area.
He said: “As the councillor for the area I really do hang my head at this. It is a horrible incident, I was told that there had been some problem in Barton Street. It really shouldn’t happen in today’s society.
“This isn’t a one off for Barton either. I know of an assault a few months ago. I have been onto police to step up patrols in the area so hopefully now they will.”
Gloucester Chief Inspector Rich Burge said: “We understand residents will be shocked and concerned by this incident so neighbourhood officers will be keeping a high presence in the area and seeking to provide reassurance and answer any queries local people may have.
“I would also like to reassure the community this type of incident will not be tolerated and we are determined to find the offenders.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information and has not yet spoken to police, should call 0845 090 1234 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 367 of August 11.
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