Monday, June 17, 2013

Down's syndrome girl attacked and beaten by girl gang in UK park

A 12-year-old with Down's syndrome has been hospitalised by a vicious girl gang who beat her up in a park.

The youngster was playing in a local park in Bobby Heywood Park, Great Lever, Bolton, Manchester, when she was assaulted by a group of older girls.

The girl was taken to Manchester Children's Hospital with a serious head injury. At first the girl said she had fallen off a swing, after the incident on Wednesday but her family later reported to police on Friday that she had been attacked.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have been in the park at the time, or has any information about what happened, to contact them.

Detectives are yet to interview the girl as she is still “unwell in hospital”, police said.

Insp Andy Sidebotham, said: "This incident has quite rightly caused a lot of concern both in the community and on social media networks and I want to reassure everyone that we are taking this extremely seriously.

"Due to the girl's obvious vulnerability, this case is clearly very emotive, but I want to stress to everyone that we have launched a painstaking investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.

"It is important that officers are allowed to do our jobs and get on with catching those responsible.

"With that in mind we have been speaking to the victim, her family and witnesses, but we still want to hear from anyone who may have been in the playground last Wednesday afternoon.

The Manchester police are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have.

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