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Boys as young as 10 subjected to racist attack by 15-strong gang of teenage thugs in Bishop's Stortford's Diamond Park

A gang of teenage thugs subjected a family group of young boys to a terrifying racist attack in Bishop's Stortford which left two of them bleeding from wounds after reportedly being hit with baseball bats.

The boys of south Asian origin – one aged 14, the others including his brother and cousins believed to be aged around 10 – were in the Lower Park Crescent play area, also known as Diamond Park – when they were approached by about 15 teenagers aged 14 to 17.

The gang racially abused them. The young victims initially ignored the thugs before telling them to stop.

A post on social media, believed to be from a family member, said that at that point two of the boys were jumped on and attacked with baseball bats. The boys reportedly had blood pouring from their wounds and had their shoes and jackets taken off them.

The other boys were in shock and begged the gang to stop. The thugs ran off when two women intervened.

The assault happened last Thursday (July 23) at around 4.30pm.

Hertfordshire police are appealing to the two women who stepped in to contact them as they may have vital information which could lead to the gang being caught.

PC Scott Adamson, who is investigating, said: “Both the victims and those who witnessed the incident have been left shaken by what happened. This type of behaviour is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Our enquiries are continuing to trace those involved. We are particularly keen to trace the two women who intervened, as they may have vital information that could assist us. If this was you, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to email scott.adamson@herts.pnn.police.uk or call non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/58027/20.

You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report or speak to an operator in the force communications room via an online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via its untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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