14 year old beaten with bottles and bats.

August 14, 2010

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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Northampton man knocked unconscious and robbed as he grieves at sister’s graveside

August 3, 2010

A grieving man was knocked unconscious and robbed while he was visiting his sister’s grave in Kingsthorpe Cemetery in Northampton.

The 21-year-old was crouched down at a grave in the cemetery in Harborough Road on Sunday when he was assaulted by four men. When he came round, the man found that his wallet had been stolen.

Northampton Borough and County Councillor Salldsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe) said she hoped the attack was an isolated incident but advised people to take someone with them if they were planning to go to the graveyard

She said: “I think it’s awful that somebody in a graveyard can get attacked. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before and hopefully it’s a one-off.

“It’s bad enough that someone has suffered a bereavement and is trying to show their respects, but to attack someone like that is terrible.

“I don’t understand why they have gone to the graveyard unless it was premeditated. A graveyard is supposed to be a place of solitude and peace.

“Crimes form a pattern and I think people will now have to be a bit more diligent for the next few weeks and not go to the graveyard on their own. “If they are going, they should try to take somebody with them.”

Police are appealing for information or for anyone who may have seen the robbery, which took place at about 3pm.

A police spokesman confirmed: “A 21-year-old man was crouched down at his sister’s grave in Kingsthorpe Cemetery when he was assaulted by four men. As a result, the victim was left unconscious and came round to find that his wallet had been stolen.

“The offenders were described as black, males all aged between 18 and 19 years. One was wearing a gold coloured baseball cap.”

Peter Wyllie, an independent funeral celebrant, who regularly conducts services at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, said he thought the area had always seemed safe.

He said: “From my experience the cemetery has no higher security issue than any other church yard or park in the town and this incident could probably have just as easily happened in one of the parks.

“The only complaints I’ve heard are from people who have verbally mentioned to me their displeasure at the current state of the chapel.”

Mr Wyllie is a member of Friends of Kingsthorpe Cemetery Chapel, a group who are aiming to secure funds to renovate the chapel.

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