Asperger’s syndrome boy terrified of leaving home after Weymouth attack

BATTERED: Reece Peters

BATTERED: Reece Peters

First published in Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A VULNERABLE boy is terrified of leaving home after he was attacked and beaten by three youths.

Reece Peters, 15, was assaulted by three people when he was playing on Dahlia Close in Preston Downs.

He has been left with a swollen and cut face, a black eye and a chipped tooth after he was beaten with a plank of wood.

Reece, who has Asperger’s syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is now scared to go outside.

His parents Trevor and Marianne Peters have said the assault has been a ‘real blow to his confidence’.

Mr Peters said: “I’m not very happy at all.

“He was basically playing outside when the three lads came round through the alleyway.

“They grabbed him and punched him before knocking him to the floor.

“One of them had a plank of wood which he hit Reece with several times across his back and legs.”

“It is a shame because of his condition he does not go out much so this is a real blow to his confidence.”

Mr Peters, who works at Stuart Barnes Conservatories, was at work when the assault occurred.

He added: “My wife was at home when Reece came into the house crying and shaken and told her what happened before she called the police.

Reece, a pupil at The Compass, said: “It’s not right what happened. They hit me over the back and legs with a piece of wood.

“I really want to go outside but I’m scared it will happen again.

“I recognised one of them but not the other two.”

Tears of frustration were shed by his Mum Marianne who said she felt completely ‘helpless’.

Mrs Peters, who is 50 and works for Dorset County Council, said: “It is absolutely awful.

“I was sitting in the living room but I didn’t hear a thing. I’ve had to take time off work because I’m worried they will come to the house.

“I felt completely helpless, hurt and upset.

“There are a lot of incidents involving the police in this area but there is no need for this.

She has hit out against youths who are cruel to her son and call him names.

She added: “Reece has such a hard time over the last year – some of the youths around here call him names.

“I’ve even been up to them and explained his condition and asked them to stop – but they won’t.

“It is just so upsetting that he has had yet another knock to his confidence.”

assailants hunted

NO arrests have yet been made but Dorset Police said investigations will continue.

A spokesman said: “We received a report that a 15-year-old boy had been assaulted by three people in Dahlia Close in Weymouth.

“He had been left with a swollen eye, chipped tooth and bruising.

“We were informed that one of them had been holding a plank of wood.

“Dorset Police are currently investigating this issue.”

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