Teenage girl savagely beaten

11:12 09 November 2012

police9

police9

Archant

16-year-old coughed up blood before attackers left her alone.

A teenage girl, who was the subject of a savage kicking, was only spared a further beating when she started coughing up blood.

The 16-year-old was attacked in Ottery St Mary after she became separated from her friends following the annual tar barrels event.

Police say she was taking a shortcut near Broad Street when she was grabbed from behind by a male who covered her mouth and eyes.

PC Sarah Henley, who is appealing for witnesses to come forward, said: “Once in an alleyway, he threw her to the floor and began kicking her to her abdomen and chest area.

“He then shouted ‘Come on’ and was joined by three or four females, who then joined in whilst the male was shouting ‘Kick her harder’.

“Only when the victim began coughing up blood did the group then run off.”

The victim has only just been released from hospital.

Her attackers are described as aged between 30 and 40.

The male is described as being of a muscular build, at least six ft tall and wearing a long-sleeved top.

One of the females had a gruff voice.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Henley on 101, quoting crime reference number KO/12/627.

0 comments

Other News Stories

8 minutes ago
North Devon Hospice fundraiser Emma Lowe gets acquainted with a crayfish and a hake, some of the stars of Geoff Morton’s menu at Fat Belly Fred's fish restaurant in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Top local producers to showcase a cornucopia of coastal delights at Barnstaple Pannier Market.

Read more
36 minutes ago
British Hen Welfare Trust founder Jane Howorth with 'Liberty'. Picture: Submitted

Egg-citing time as charity looks forward to re-homing its 500,000th hen.

Read more
14:21
April Fools window at Pure Indulgence. Ref shs 5091-14-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Passers-by were appalled at an apparent smashed window at a town centre shop – but a closer look revealed it was a cracking April Fools Day trick!

Read more
13:18
Mini Egg fun minus the chocolate at Exmoor Zoo. Picture: John Hammond

Include your animal friends at Easter, but don’t harm them by giving them sweets, says Bratton Fleming attraction

Read more
Is Verity Two coming to Lundy Island?

From Verity Two to another new Westward Ho! hotel - North Devon pranksters pull out the stops this April Fools.

Read more
12:23
The Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat returns to shore after Tuesday's shout. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Lifeboat unable to save vessel after she took on water while at mooring

Read more
Nick Harvey (left) launches his re-election campaign with North Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade

Nick Harvey has launched his re-election campaign for the General Election on May 7.

Read more
11:15
Cancer patient Alan Ford draws the winning ticket with a little help from Gazette publisher Graham Harris, Chemotherapy Appeal fundraising manager Ian Roome, County Garages Group marketing director Andy Witherington, Parkside Kia sales manager John Kuczer. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple man wins brand new Kia Picanto in Chemotherapy Appeal’s Grand Car Raffle.

Read more
10:35
Rich and Freddie Barrow helped reunite Princess with her owner. Pictures: Submitted

Princess reunited with Buckland Brewer owner after unplanned trip with Barrow Clark drivers.

Read more
Join the Torridge election candidates tonight from 7pm-9pm on the Gazette website.

Tune in from 7pm - 9pm tonight and ask the Torridge and West Devon election candidates anything.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Family Notices 24


Devon's trusted business finder