A MUM beaten black and blue by a gang has spoken of her terrifying ordeal after a second person was attacked.
Ashleigh Warren told how she was repeatedly punched in the face as she tried to stop an attack on her friend’s son.
The 37-year-old was walking along the street with 14-year-old Callum Reay when they heard shouting coming from the car park outside the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Hendon.
The pair went to see what the commotion was and they were attacked by a gang of about 15 teenagers.
“The group just crowded round Callum and started hitting him in the head. Then one of them got out a cosh and hit him really hard across the back,” said Ashleigh, of Hendon.
“I was screaming at them to stop it and then they started on me and I was punched in the face repeatedly.
“It was terrifying – it really was.”
The mum-of-two was left with a burst blood vessel in her eye and bruising to her face.
Callum suffered head injuries and bruising on his back.
They were both taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment and Ashleigh had to go to Sunderland Eye Infirmary the next day.
She said: “I’ve been left really shaken by it all. I’ve got an appointment with the doctor this week as I’m still not sleeping. It’s on my mind all the time.
“It really has affected us. I never thought something like this would. I thought I’d be fine, but I’m not.”
Callum’s mum Edith Reay, 41, added: “Callum’s terrified to leave the house and he used to be out all the time. Now he’s too nervous.
“This has made me frightened too. I’ve got five boys and I’m too scared to let them out. It’s terrible.”
Now Ashleigh has been forced to relive the horror of last month’s attack after a woman was assaulted in exactly the same spot just weeks after she was.
On Monday, at about 8.45pm, a 43-year-old woman was taken to hospital after being punched in the face by a man who was in the car park outside the Tatham Street centre with a group of men.
Ashleigh said: “When I heard about it, it brought it all back to me and even talking about it upsets me.
“The next time this happens someone will be in a box. I’m frightened.
“I’ve got two kids and so have lots of people living round here.
“There’s also a load of elderly people living in bungalows near there and they don’t feel safe in their own homes. It’s not fair.”
A 19-year-old man was arrested in relation to the attack on Ashleigh and Callum.
He has been released on police bail.
Neighbourhood Inspector Neal Craig, who covers the area, said: “It’s understandable when incidents like this happen it can cause distress to local residents and members of the community.
“If anyone does have any concerns they can contact myself or the local neighbourhood policing team and we’ll be happy to discuss these.”
Anyone with any information on either of the assaults is asked to phone police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.