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Witness appeal after boy suffers facial injuries during assault by juvenile in Midsomer Norton

Marked police car on a rural road

Enquiries are ongoing following an assault on a child in Midsomer Norton last week.

At approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday 17 May, a 12-year-old boy was assaulted by another youth of a similar age in the St Chads Green area.

The victim sustained facial bruising and swelling but fortunately did not require treatment in hospital.

Officer in the case PC Gemma Fry said: “This was a particularly nasty assault in which the victim was punched and kicked after being chased by a group of youths.

“We’d like to reassure the public that an investigation into what happened is underway. A boy, who is not living in the local area, is due to attend a voluntary police interview in due course.

“The local neighbourhood team has been made aware to assist with their proactive patrol plans.

PC Fry continued: “We are aware mobile phone footage was captured at the time. We have a copy of it and it will assist us with our ongoing enquiries.

“However, we would please ask all members of the public not to share it on social media as we have a duty of care to the victim and would not want the wider dissemination of that footage to impact on any potential future legal proceedings.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5223115040.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223115040, or complete our online appeals form.