Teen girl in­jured in early morn­ing Bux­ton Square as­sault

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A 17-year-old girl has been left bruised and miss­ing chunks of hair af­ter she was at­tacked in Bux­ton Square over the week­end.

The al­leged as­sault be­gan when she was with her friend in Bux­ton Square at around 2am on Satur­day.

Her mother, Kara Wilkes, said there was ‘‘no provo­ca­tion’’ for the ‘‘bru­tal’’ at­tack. Two women turned on her daugh­ter, ‘‘one pulling hair and one kick­ing and punch­ing,’’ she said.

There was se­cu­rity footage of the in­ci­dent, but due to poor light­ing the at­tack­ers were hard to iden­tify.

Wilkes said ‘‘they need some proper light­ing [in Bux­ton Square], be­cause what’s the point in hav­ing the cam­eras if they can’t see the in­ci­dents prop­erly?’’

Wilkes said she had been sent sev­eral other videos of the in­ci­dent which she hadn’t shown the po­lice yet, and knows of at least one other video posted on Snapchat, which she hoped the po­lice would be able to re­trieve.

She said she hadn’t seen the Snapchat video and was ‘‘glad’’ she hadn’t, but she had been told the video showed her daugh­ter ‘‘strug­gling to her feet, and then they punch her in the head again’’, while by­standers watch.

Her daugh­ter suf­fers from on­go­ing con­cus­sion-re­lated med­i­cal is­sues af­ter a car ac­ci­dent a year ago.

‘‘Peo­ple said ‘you shouldn’t let her out,’ but she’s 17, nearly 18, and she’s very re­spon­si­ble for her age,’’ Wilkes said. ‘‘Noth­ing like this has ever hap­pened be­fore.’’

The two women in­volved in the at­tacked had con­tacted her to apol­o­gise, but she still wanted to pur­sue the case be­cause shouldn’t get off scot-free’’.

Wilkes said her daugh­ter went into de­layed shock the next morn­ing, and was freez­ing cold and shak­ing.

‘‘They have no idea what they’ve done to my fam­ily, to my daugh­ter who al­ready has a head in­jury,’’ Wilkes said.

Po­lice have been con­tacted for com­ment. ‘‘they

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