Terror of girl attacked on her way to school
ASCHOOLGIRL has spoken of her terrifying ordeal being attacked by a gang of teenage boys.
Carly Wallington, 13, was walking to school at Macclesfield Academy when she was attacked by the gang in South Park.
She walked from her home on Poplar Road and entered the park from Grange Road before being attacked next to the tennis courts.
Carly said she was held back by one of a group of five boys while the others punched and kicked her.
A dog walker came round the corner and the gang ran off. Carly made a panicked phone call to her mum Nichola before carrying on to school. She later left school because she was so distressed by the incident.
Police say they are investigating.
Carly said: “It was really scary. I had my headphones in and they came from nowhere.
“One came from behind and held me back by my arms and put his foot in front of mine so I couldn’t move while the others attacked me.
“One of them punched me in the arm and they were kicking me and one slapped me in the face.
“I have no idea why they attacked me.
“I had a mark on my face and arm and was aching afterwards.
“It’s really knocked my confidence and I’m scared to walk in the park. I’ve not been getting any sleep and have been having nightmares.”
Carly’s mum Nichola, who is the partner of Terry Oakes, Carly’s stepdad, has sent a warning to other parents.
She said: “I want parents to know what happened to Carly. It’s shocking this could happen in broad daylight and was so scary for her.
“Carly was extremely shaken up and has been in tears several times. We hope people will tell police anything they know.”
A police spokesman said a suspect has been identified and will be spoken to as part of the investigation.
The spokesman said: “The incident is alleged to have taken place at approximately 8.20am on Thursday, March 10 near the tennis courts.
“The victim was walking alone through the park heading towards Park Vale Road when she was approached by a group of teenage boys who assaulted her.
“The victim has been left shaken by the incident and suffered a small amount of bruising.”
Richard Hedge, Macclesfield Academy headteacher, said: “This is subject to a police investigation and we need to be mindful of that.
“We’ve been working with Carly to make tweaks to when she comes in and leaves school so she feels comfortable and one option was to offer her a lift home but she has been happy to make her own way.
“It’s a horrible thing to have happened but Carly has been very resilient and has been determined to come into school. We’ve been very proud of her.
“We haven’t warned the other students because there is an ongoing police investigation but our standing advice is for students not to walk on their own if possible.
“Equally they should be safe to walk in the streets without fear of being attacked and it’s only ever the fault of the perpetrators.”
Call police on 101 quoting incident number 170 of March 10.
●● Carly Wallington and mum Nichola in South Park where she was assaulted