Teen Brutally Attacked At Skate Park (from Harrow Times):
Monday 22nd October 2007
"A 17-YEAR-OLD is still in hospital with serious injuries after he was attacked at a Harrow skate park on Thursday, October 18, police revealed today. The boy was assaulted by a group of between eight and ten youths in their late teens and early twenties, at the facility in Byron Park, off Christchurch Avenue. He was pushed to the ground and knocked unconscious during the attack. advertisement The injuries he sustained were so bad, he may need facial surgery. Police are now searching for witnesses to the assault. Detective Sergeant Andrew Kilpatrick said: 'We would like to appeal to the public for any witnesses, and we would also like to appeal to those concerned to come forward. 'We will do everything we can that is reasonable. This is a serious matter.' The attack happened between 5.15pm and 6pm and the boy was subsequently taken to Northwick Park Hospital, in Watford Road, Harrow, where he was put in intensive care. He is now in a stable condition. Anyone with information can contact Harrow Police on 0208 733 3441, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 4:45pm "
Thursday 25th October 2007
TEENAGERS have spoken of their ongoing fear following a brutal assault at a local skate park.
The attack, at the facility, in Byron Park, off Christchurch Avenue, on Thursday, October 18, left a 17-year-old boy so badly injured, he may need facial surgery.
Terry Willard, 19, a biker from Hemel Hempstead, uses the park regularly.advertisement
He tod the Harrow Times yesterday: "It is pretty sad that stuff like this is still happening. There are young children who want to come here and feel safe.
"If there were lights and a CCTV camera I think we would probably stay here quite late, but after the attack we know not to come here after dark.
"There were five policemen hanging around here earlier. It made us feel a bit safer to have them around because the sort of people who cause trouble, would probably go away."
Jonathon Moreno, 14, a skaterboarder, said he has used the park with friends, Curt Valencia, 14, and Ritchie Marques, also 14, since the assault.
He said: "After hearing about the attack I think I should get home earlier.
"Sometimes, if there is a large group of people that look intimidating, it starts to scare us, but I think we will keep using it."
Detective Sergeant Andrew Kilpatrick said: "This is a serious assault in which a 17-year-old boy sustained serious injuries that will require lengthy medical treatment.
"This is not going to go away until we have had the opportunity to investigate the incident. We will be placing a witness appeal board at the site of the assault this week."
The victim was assaulted by a group of between eight and ten youths in their late teens and early 20s.
The attack happened between 5.15pm and 6pm and the victim was taken to Northwick Park Hospital, in Watford Road, Harrow, where he is now in a stable condition.
He is expected to make a full recovery.