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Mum’s witness plea after son is allegedly attacked near school in Ringwood
A DISTRAUGHT mother has urged any witnesses to an alleged assault on her 15-year-old son to speak to the police.
Joanne Brooks, who lives in Ringwood, claims teenager Kenny was attacked close to the school gates on Tuesday.
Although he wasn't seriously injured in the alleged incident, Mrs Brookes said he has been left worried and upset.
“I just want to ask anyone who saw this to speak to the police,” she said.
“Kenny was held in a headlock by a boy and dragged across a busy road. He was also punched in the face. I know that someone will have seen something.”
Mrs Brooks, who is a nail technician, said the alleged incident took place after the perpetrators believed her son had contacted the police about them.
“A group of boys were flashing lasers through his bedroom window at him,” she said.
“I told him to say that if they didn’t leave, I’d call the police. In the end, I didn’t need to do that as they went away.”
She said her son has been left traumatised, and alleges that one man involved in the incident even threatened to kill the boy.
“He said, ‘why don’t we take him into the woods back there and finish him off?’,” she said.
“It was just an awful thing to happen.”
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “Between 3.20 and 3.45pm on Tuesday, October 8, a 15-year-old boy was walking home from school in Hurst Road, Ringwood. He was with two friends, aged 15 and 13.
“The group were approached by two boys, aged 15 and 16. These two grabbed the victim, punched him in the face, held him in a headlock and tried to kick his feet out from under him.
"The victim suffered only a black eye. While this was happening, a 23-year-old man was riding his motorcycle on the footpath in an intimidating manner.
"The victim's mother reported the incident to police. The two suspects attended the police station voluntarily for interview.
"Both have been reported for summons for assault.
"The motorcyclist also attended voluntarily for interview and was released with no further action.”
The head of Ringwood School, Christina Edwards, refused to comment on the incident.
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