Girl, 16, has head stamped on repeatedly in unprovoked attack
PUBLISHED: 09:21 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 09 March 2019
A grandmother has condemned two girls who repeatedly jumped on her granddaughter’s head during a brutal attack.
Tracy Sanderson’s granddaughter, 16, was with a friend in Lowestoft at around 7pm on Wednesday, February 27, when they were suddenly approached by another two girls at The Bleach - also known as Harris Park - off Church Road.
Soon they were on the receiving end of an “unprovoked” attack, leaving Mrs Sanderson’s granddaughter with no option but to defend her friend.
“It all started when two girls came up to them and said something to my granddaughter’s friend,” said Mrs Sanderson, 54. “They started to hit her so my granddaughter intervened.
“While helping her friend the attackers hit her a couple of times, so she obviously tried to defend herself but she was knocked to the floor.
“They then jumped on her head multiple times which left her in a lot of pain and incredibly disorientated.”
Several bystanders witnessed the attack and the police and the ambulance service were alerted.
The victim, whose mother rushed to the scene, was checked by paramedics who took her to hospital due to a high temperature and heart rate, as well as obvious disorientation.
After undergoing further checks she was discharged from hospital, but was still suffering with physical after-effects and struggling to come to terms with the attack.
“She was still very disorientated and ended up back in hospital two days later,” added Mrs Sanderson. “It wasn’t until then she was told she had a concussion.
“In a way she was lucky. To have your head jumped on multiple times - it could have been so much worse.
“She has tried going back to school but it was hard for her when all the bruises started coming out.”
As her granddaughter attempts to recover from the scarring experience, Mrs Sanderson hopes swift action will be taken to ensure others avoid the same fate.
She said: “All we want to see is these girls dealt with so they don’t do this to someone else. They could easily attack again.
“People need to learn this is not acceptable behaviour. You can’t just do this to someone and expect to get away with it - that’s the message we want to come out of this.”
A spokesman for Suffolk police said they are “in touch with all parties involved” in the incident and “appropriate action” is being taken.