Spud attack on toddler, 2

This Is Wiltshire: Spud attack on toddler, 2 Spud attack on toddler, 2

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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6:36am Tue 14 Jan 14

swindondad says...

I heard this on the radio in the car whilst driving home last night and was disgusted that anyone could be so stupid / thoughtless.
I heard this on the radio in the car whilst driving home last night and was disgusted that anyone could be so stupid / thoughtless. swindondad
  • Score: 12

6:39am Tue 14 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

didnt we do this yesterday? Hope the kid is ok and the moron who threw it should be strung up.
didnt we do this yesterday? Hope the kid is ok and the moron who threw it should be strung up. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

9:29am Tue 14 Jan 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Isnt that area covered by cctv? bus information has one so do many of the offices and pubs at the bottom of town, would it really be so difficult to track and get pictures up?
Idiots need to be found if they dont do this again they will do something similar.
Thoughts to the family get well soon.
Isnt that area covered by cctv? bus information has one so do many of the offices and pubs at the bottom of town, would it really be so difficult to track and get pictures up? Idiots need to be found if they dont do this again they will do something similar. Thoughts to the family get well soon. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 3

9:46am Tue 14 Jan 14

dc the 2nd says...

good job they've included a picture of a potato in the story, in case we'd forgotten.
good job they've included a picture of a potato in the story, in case we'd forgotten. dc the 2nd
  • Score: 20

10:37am Tue 14 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Absolute scum. Hope the lad is all right and hope someone has the decency to grass up the scumbags. Unbelievable really; I'm a born and bred Swindonian and usually stick up for my town but this brings shame to us all.
Absolute scum. Hope the lad is all right and hope someone has the decency to grass up the scumbags. Unbelievable really; I'm a born and bred Swindonian and usually stick up for my town but this brings shame to us all. Wildwestener
  • Score: 3

10:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

I dunno what's worse, the morons who threw a potato at a small child or the picture of the baked potato above?
I dunno what's worse, the morons who threw a potato at a small child or the picture of the baked potato above? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 17

12:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

SlantedView says...

The culprits should be stuck in the stocks!! Including the moron who approved the inclusion of a spud pic at the top of this article!!
The culprits should be stuck in the stocks!! Including the moron who approved the inclusion of a spud pic at the top of this article!! SlantedView
  • Score: 8

2:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Charllie Says says...

why have the adver almost made a joke of this story by adding a picture of a potatoe? What that really needed? Id be fuming if this were my child!
why have the adver almost made a joke of this story by adding a picture of a potatoe? What that really needed? Id be fuming if this were my child! Charllie Says
  • Score: 5

7:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ica says...

I'm sorry.... Why would yobs target someone with a POTATO?! Probably kids messing around and it accidently hit the child and they got worried and ran off. My god is this actually news?!
Worried about going into the town centre for fear of flying veg.....? Get a grip woman!
I'm sorry.... Why would yobs target someone with a POTATO?! Probably kids messing around and it accidently hit the child and they got worried and ran off. My god is this actually news?! Worried about going into the town centre for fear of flying veg.....? Get a grip woman! Ica
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

msw says...

This is why the town centre needs a high quality CCTV system. Why Swindon doesn't have one is just unbelievable!!!
This is why the town centre needs a high quality CCTV system. Why Swindon doesn't have one is just unbelievable!!! msw
  • Score: 0

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