Ter­ror of girl at­tacked on her way to school

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Carly Walling­ton and mum Ni­chola in South Park where she was as­saulted

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