People have sent messages of support to a 13-year-old girl who was attacked by a gang of 10 school children.
Merseyside Police rushed to Eastbank Street in Southport at around 6.35pm on Sunday, April 3, following reports of a girl being attacked. She was punched, kicked and had part of her hair pulled out.
The victim needed hospital treatment for her injuries, which included facial injuries, but she has since been discharged. Police have now confirmed they have arrested 10 school children in connection with the attack.
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The suspects are seven girls and three boys, aged between 11 and 16, from Waterloo, Seaforth, Crosby, Birkdale and Southport. They were all arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Sefton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Tracie Trubshaw said: “This incident was a brutal and shocking assault, and the consequences could have been much worse for the victim. My officers have acted swiftly in identifying those suspected of being present which demonstrates our commitment to tackling serious and violent crime.
“I would urge parents to speak to their children that this type of behaviour is unacceptable. Please be aware of who they are friends with, where they go and what they are up to. If you have concerns, contact us so that we can engage with families at an early stage to prevent children from getting involved in incidents like this.
“Violence against women and girls will not be tolerated, and I urge anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward, we cannot allow this type of behaviour to continue to happen on our streets.”
ECHO readers took to the comments section to leave messages of support for the girl, calling her “beautiful”. They also commented their disgust at what happened to her.
Fiona Jones said: “Poor girl, If you read this know that they are the problem, and you are beautiful!”
Joanne Grice said: “Horrid, I hope the young girl is ok, must’ve been such a terrifying experience, there does need to be some more severe punishment needed for these gangs now!”
Annika Robinson said: “Hope she’s OK. I hate nasty bullies and hope there parents sort them out.”
Violetta Czappan said: “Age between 11-16??? Seriously what the hell is wrong with kids??? Where are those parents who are meant to be responsible for their acts??”
Anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the assault or drivers who have captured dashcam footage are asked to contact police. If you have any information on this incident please contact police on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with any information, with reference 22000229458.