Northampton mother points finger at nearby travelers' camp after son is attacked and surrounded by group of seven

A Northampton mother is warning young people to be careful after her 13-year-old son was assaulted by a gang while on his way to a youth club.

Monday, 22nd May 2017, 6:59 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:49 pm
Ryan was attacked outside of the Co Op near Wake Way.

She claims the group goaded their youngest member into grabbing her son by his hood and punching him in the face before they all surrounded him.

She also claims the offending gang are in her area as part of a group of travellers, who have parked 'over 15 caravans' in nearby Grange Park, off Saxon Avenue, Northampton.

Abbie Waite's son, Ryan, 13, of Grange Park, Northampton, was walking with his friends to go to a youth club on Thursday (May 18) at around 7pm.

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She said: "He was walking ahead of his friends and cut across Grange Park, coming out near the Co-Op on Wake Way.

"There was a group of about seven boys aged between 10 and 20-years-old on the other side of the road. My son saw them pointing at him while talking to the youngest member, who looked about 10-years-old."

"The 10-year-old, who Ryan described as a 'chubby red head', approached my son, grabbed him by his hood and punched him in the face. Then the rest of the group surrounded him.

"Ryan didn't retaliate because he knew they would just attack him as a group if he did. He just shouted for his mates. When they arrived, the group who attacked him left."

Abbie heard the story from her son and reported it to the police the next day.

She said: "Parents need to tell their children to be aware of this group. My son is 13, but if they are using the younger boy to start the fights then they could pick on younger children too."

Abbie took to Facebook to spread the word about the attack. Other residents soon commented about their frustration with the travellers on Grange Park.

One resident, Charles Woodfield, said: "I was driving past yesterday and one tried to hit my car with a rock and narrowly missed. It would have done a lot of damage."

A spokesperson from Northamptonshire County Council: "There is currently an unauthorised encampment on private land in Grange Park, Northampton.

“A possession order was issued on Friday and some of the travellers have left. It is understood that the landowner is now applying for a county court warrant to be executed.”

But Abbie said: "They have only moved into the field more so they can't be seen as well. They are still there.

"Ryan is okay after the incident. He doesn't want to go to the park much anymore.

"If anyone else is affected by this group of boys, please tell the police."

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We can confirm an incident took place near Grange Park on May 18.

"Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."