Mum of boy attacked in Grantham park calls for action
The mother of a boy who was attacked in a town centre park is calling for more resources in the park before another child gets “seriously hurt.”
Louise Comfort’s 14-year-old son suffered facial injuries in the unprovoked assault at Wyndham Park, earlier this month.
The victim was in the park with his two friends on Saturday, June 2, when he was set upon by an offender. He was then assaulted by other offenders and required hospital treatment for his injuries including stitching for a cut lip.
Louise said: “I’m hearing more and more about similar incidences occurring in the park. I also know that there are a couple of known gangs in Grantham that are getting away with a lot because they can’t be caught - a growing problem throughout the country.
“I would like to raise awareness and fight for better resources in the park to keep it safe. Perhaps CCTV or a park keeper who patrols on an evening. I don’t want a child to be seriously hurt, stabbed or killed before something is done.”
A police spokesman said: “The incident occurred at around 7pm on Saturday June 2. A boy was the victim of an unprovoked assault in Wyndham Park. The initial assault was committed by an offender described as wearing a dark green hoodie, male, heavy set and believed to be aged in his teens. Further offenders also believed to be in their teens, wearing hoodies have then assaulted the victim. We would like to urge anyone who saw this incident, or who knows the identity of the offender to get in touch.”
Less than a week later, a 19-year-old male was assaulted in Wyndham Park by two men on mopeds. However the victim did not wish to make a complaint.
South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) were already taking steps to improve security.
SKDC’s cabinet member for retail and visitor economy coun Nick Robins said: “We take public safety very seriously and offer the victim our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
“We work hard to ensure that people enjoy their time in Wyndham Park and it is bitterly disappointing to hear about incidents of this nature.
“Parks are provided as a public amenity and it goes without saying that people should be able to enjoy their visits in safety. Thankfully, these sort of incidents are rare.
“As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund improvement project we will shortly be installing CCTV and new LED lighting, which will give out more light than the existing system. These actions are designed to discourage anti-social behaviour and improve visitor safety.
“It is all part of our strategic plan to improve Wyndham Park.”
Louise added: “I have been liaising with SKDC and the police about their plans for the park and I am satisfied that they are both doing everything that can be done. I also contacted the Wyndham Park Forum as well, who explained that there is a park attendant - of which I was unaware of. They have a cabin, which is to be more prominent on completion of the renovation works.”
If you have any information, contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.