Colchester: Man attacked by teen gang who threw snowball at his car

A MAN was kicked and punched in the head by a gang of teenagers after a row about a snowball, police have said.

The man was driving with his family in St Johns Street, Colchester on Saturday when a group of around eight teenage boys threw a snowball at the windscreen of his red Ford Mondeo.

The incident happened at around 5.15pm when the man got out of his car to speak to the group.

They walked towards him before punching and kicking him in the head, striking him with a bottle and smashing his car window.

The man suffered a cut to his head in the attack.

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Pc Jamie Horton said: “After the incident happened, the group made off down Abbey Gate subway, heading towards Butt Road.

“The main suspect is white, in his late teens, of medium build and was clean shaven. He was wearing black clothing and a distinctive black woolly hat which had a skull design on the front.

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“This was totally unnecessary violence and it is lucky the man’s injuries were not more serious.

“This was very upsetting for the man’s family, including his two young children who were sat in the back of the car. The group knew the family were there as they heard the children crying.

“We are very keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help us with our investigation and would appeal to anyone who saw what took place to get in touch.”

Pc Horton said that throwing snowballs at traffic was extremely dangerous.

“This was an astonishingly stupid thing to do and could have had far worse consequences. Anyone found behaving in this way will be dealt with firmly,” he added.

Anyone with information relating to the incident should contact Pc Horton at Colchester police station on 0300 333 4444.

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