BEATEN UP IN THE PARK

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SCHOOLBOY Gary Fenwick no longer feels safe playing out with his friends after he was beaten senseless in a Sunderland park.

The 14-year old had been enjoying a game of football in Barnes Park when he was attacked and left with a broken nose and head injuries.

Today Gary, of Eden Vale, told how he was kicked and punched to the ground.

The Year nine pupil at Thornhill School said: “I was with friends when this group of older lads came over.

“I didn’t do anything to provoke them, they were really drunk.”

The group then pounced on Gary and repeatedly hit him until he finally managed to run off.

“Physically I feel OK, but I do not feel safe to go out anymore, especially not in Barnes Park,” said Gary.

Gary and a friend managed to get help from a youth worker who was nearby and they contacted Gary’s parents, Gary and Michelle.

After the police were called, Gary and his parents walked around the park to try and find the group of lads.

Michelle, 42, a health care assistant, said: “Gary saw them walking past the park. The police caught them and told us they had to wait to question them because they were so drunk.”

A visit to the walk-in centre confirmed Gary had a broken nose as well as pain in his leg where he had been kicked, as well as some cuts and bruises.

He now has a series of doctors appointments lined up to check on his nose.

Gary’s dad, Gary senior, 44, who works at Nissan, said the teenager has been left shaken up by the assault.

“We had to throw all of his clothes away because they were just soaked in blood.”

Michelle has been left disgusted by what has happened and is eager to warn other parents.

“A lot of people who we’ve spoken to say they’re horrified. I contacted the security at the Civic Centre and they said that kids arrange on Facebook to go down to the park and fight.

“Gary heard from his friends that some more kids got attacked in the park the next day. We just want to warn people that things like this are going on.

“It could have been so much worse, we could have been visiting him in hospital.”

This assault is just one in a recent spate of attacks on young people.

Two 14-year-olds were robbed of their bikes in Herrington Country Park on Saturday. The boys were riding their BMXs when they were approached by two older youths who threatened them until the boys were forced to hand over their bikes.

The boys were unharmed but shaken up by the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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