Spud attack on toddler, 2
Updated 9:39am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in By Mike Benke, @Michael_Benke
A TWO-year-old is recovering after being hit in the face by a potato thrown by yobs in the town centre.
The child received a cut to the lip, as well as bruising in the mouth, from the incident, which took place in the underpass that runs from Fleming Way to the town centre at approximately 4.40pm on Sunday.
The parents of the child were pushing him along when someone threw the potato, hitting him in the face.
The mother of the child, who does not wish to be named, said the attack came out of the blue and has left her worried about going into the town centre.
She said: “We were just walking through the underpass which was well lit when suddenly I saw something come passed us and bounce in front of the buggy.
“I was just in shock because I saw the blood on my sons mouth. I have no idea why this happened or who did it.
“It has left me worried about going into town because I don’t know if we were targeted and this will happen again. My son was in some pain but he is getting better.”
Two men were seen running away from the scene of the assault so the boy’s father gave chase but he was unable to keep up.
It is thought the male in the black coat ran into the Wetherspoons pub on Fleet Street and the other male ran along Fleet Street towards Faringdon Road.
The police were called and carried out a full search of the area but unfortunately could also not find either of the men.
One of the suspects is described as wearing a black coat and the other is described as wearing a grey top with a cream and black chequered pattern on it.
The mother of the toddler is hoping that people in the area at the time will possibly know who the men are and come forward.
She said: “There were two girls who were really helpful at the time but unfortunately I was just so worried I didn’t think to take their details.
“There were some people around the bus stop so maybe they saw something. If anyone did see anything then I would be very grateful if they spoke to the police.”
Anyone in the Fleming Way area during the time of the offence or who may have information on the incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
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