Man left seriously injured in attack by violent teen gang
A GANG of youths have been arrested for a savage and unprovoked attack on a 48-year-old man and a Good Samaritan who rushed to his aid outside the Asda Walmart last month.
At around 10.30pm on Monday, July 29, the man was walking back to his car, which had been parked by the side of the Asda store closest to the entrance to the George clothing section.
He was approached by a lone teenager, who was described as white, between 15 to 18 years of age, of slim build and between five feet eight inches and five feet 10 inches tall.
The youth suddenly punched the victim before he was set upon by a group of more than 10 other teenagers.
The man was so seriously injured he later required treatment at Great Western Hospital. He suffered a broken nose, a broken tooth, and swelling around his head. He was kept in hospital overnight and has required extensive dental work.
During the attack, a 25-year-old man who had been passing attempted to come to the victim’s aid.
He was also attacked and threatened by the gang, who demanded he hand over some of his personal possessions. His injuries were treated at the scene by paramedics.
Following the attack the 48-year-old man discovered he had been robbed in the process, as his mobile phone and car keys were missing, but his car had not been stolen.
Police stepped up night patrols in the area following the assault.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Stepping up patrols is routine for such incidents. The North Swindon neighbourhood policing team doubled up patrols in the area following this attack, which is mainly about reassuring the public and keeping a presence in the area.
“The increased patrols have mainly been during the evening shift after 6pm. We have the North Swindon NPT patrol at the Orbital Retail Centre every day, but additional officers have been patrolling the site as a result of this attack.
“The site has got CCTV and so has most of the other buildings. That was looked through and has led to most of the arrests.”
Asda Walmart has also increased security around the store as a result of the attack with an increased presence, a mobile CCTV unit and additional security cameras.
A spokesman for Asda said: “We are supporting the police with their investigations and although this is being treated as an isolated incident, we have increased security measures around the store as a precaution.”
With help from CCTV and employees at the Asda store, 11 arrests have been made so far in connection with the assault.
All of the arrests made were of local youths aged between 15 and 20.
They are on police bail pending further enquiries.
If anybody witnessed this incident, or has any information in relation to it, they should call PC Michael O’Sullivan in the Priority Crime Team at Swindon Gablecross Police Station on 101 ext 760874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.