Boy (16) taken to hospital after being attacked in mass street brawl

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The attack happened in Burnett Avenue in Christchurch (Photo: Google)

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was taken to hospital after being assaulted in a major street brawl in Christchurch.

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The fight involved a “large group of young people”, according to police, and broke out in Burnett Avenue last Friday night.

Officers and paramedics rushed to the incident in response to a call-out shortly after 10.30pm and found the victim had suffered facial injuries.

The youngster was assessed at the scene before being taken by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

A search of the area was carried out in a bid to trace the offenders, who were described as male and aged in their late teens or early 20s, but no arrests were made.

It happened four weeks after another teenager was violently mugged at knifepoint by a large gang of youths in nearby Somerford.

Investigations are continuing in an effort to identify those responsible for the latest assault, and people are being urged to come forward if they saw it or any suspicious activity.

Christchurch’s Insp. Nick Lee said: “The local neighbourhood policing team is aware of this incident and continues to engage with the community.

“I would like to reassure the public that an investigation is under way to identify those responsible.

“Officers carrying out patrols in the area can be approached by anyone with concerns.”

This incident followed another in which a 15-year-old boy was punched and threatened at knifepoint after being chased and cornered by a gang of around 30 youths who stole his phone, coat and two silver chains.

However, a Dorset Police spokesperson told the A&T officers were not currently linking the two.

As reported in the A&T, the mugging took place shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 1st February, when the victim was approached by the offenders as he walked with friends in Edward Road.

Those with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 55200031752 for last Friday’s incident or 55200016628 for the February mugging. Crimestoppers can also be called on 0800 555 111.

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