Man assaults Hedge End boy


Police are looking for a thug who punched 15-year-old boy in the face at the recreation ground in Heath House Lane, Hedge End.

The incident occurred at around 7.45pm on Sunday, June 26.

The boy was with a group of five friends in the park when a group of two men and two women, one with a small child, approached them. The group are described as smartly dressed and in their 30s.

One man in the group appeared to be under the influence of alcohol; he began shouting and swearing at the boy and his friends who tried to ignore him.

The man tried to punch one of the boy’s friends but hit a motorcycle helmet he was holding. The man then punched the 15-year-old boy in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

The man walked away but the rest of the group of adults stayed to check the boy was ok. The boy phoned his father who came straight away and spoke to the group of adults. They said they were coming back from a Christening; the offender’s name was ‘Gary’ or ‘Gavin’ and was 32 years of age but refused to give further details.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the recreation ground around the time of the incident or may be able to help identify the offender to contact them.

Anyone with information should contact PC Phil Dennett at Hedge End police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Last August a youth in St John’s Road rec had his jaw broken after being punched by man:

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