Sussex

Eastbourne playground attack on boy aged four

A four-year-old boy was pushed, punched and swung around by his hands and feet in an assault by 11 and 12-year-old boys in East Sussex.

Police said the boy was in a play area near the Shinewater Community Centre, Eastbourne with his eight-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother.

He was confronted by four boys, two of whom pushed him to the ground and punched him before swinging him around.

They eventually let go, causing the boy to hit the climbing frame.

He suffered a swollen forehead in the attack on 25 September.

Existing medical condition

"This was a vicious and disturbing assault on an innocent young boy, which has been very distressing for the victim and his family," said PC James Mackintosh.

"The boy has an existing medical condition, which could have resulted in far more serious injuries."

Police said an unknown man shouted at the boys but they had pushed their scooters and bicycles up against the gate and he was was unable to enter the play area.

He spoke to the victim and his sister before alerting their mother.

Officers are due to speak to two suspects in their investigation into the assault, but have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to the man who intervened.

The four boys were seen to walk off in the direction of the Co-Op in Milfoil Drive.

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