Mother expresses shock after 14-year-old son is assaulted
PUBLISHED: 11:12 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:12 22 September 2016
A mother and residents have spoken of their shock after a 14-year-old boy was attacked in broad daylight.
The youngster was out with friends when he was approached by three other boys and punched in the head several times, causing him to fall to the ground in Pollards Close, Welwyn Garden City.
His mum told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that one of the neighbours witnessed the unprovoked attack and shouted “leave him alone” before knocking on her door to tell her what was going on.
The mum added: “When I got there the police were holding his neck still. I had to keep him as calm as possible.
“I’m now petrified that my 14-year-old son can go out in broad daylight and get beaten up.
“He’s shocked by it.”
The boy was so badly beaten that one side of his face was unrecognisable.
Police were called to the scene at 5.50pm on Wednesday, September 14.
A police spokeswoman said; “It looks like an offender has approached the victim in the green area at the entrance to Pollards Close.
“The offender has punched the victim several times to the head, knocking him to the ground, resulting in bruising to the left side of his face.
“The offender has then made off towards Knella Road.”
Residents who live in nearby Knella Road have expressed their shock and disgust.
Tesco warehouse operative Paul Hickling, 56, said: “You do not expect something like that to happen in Welwyn Garden City, it really is a shock. You just hope it’s a one-off.”
Jo Green, 41, added: “It’s quite scary because I have got a 12-year-old, I just don’t want him going out. He’s round his friends now and I won’t rest until he is in.
“Things like this make me consider moving out of the area.”
Another local resident said: “It’s despicable that people can behave like that. I had a bit of a misspent youth but I never spent it like that. It’s a disgrace.
“I have always liked the area, it’s always been nice and quiet and it’s certainly a rare thing to happen, but it makes you wonder whether it’s a safe place to be really.”
Full-time mum Mary Watts, 34, said: “To be honest it makes you worry that it could have been one of your own kids.”
A Knella Road resident said: “It’s getting more and more common. I think it would scare any parent, but I would say that you will get this everywhere. It’s unavoidable I’m afraid.”
Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference number B1-16-3204.
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