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A Stansted resident was assaulted when he confronted a teenage gang of five girls and one boy who rampaged through the village.

Police were called after the victim, in his 40s, challenged the group in Spencer Close at around 8.20pm on Saturday (May 7) as they smashed pot plants in a communal garden area.

The man was shoved and struck in the face by the boy, who is aged about 16 and 6ft tall.

The gang of five girls and one boy are filmed walking away from Crafton Green, off Chapel Hill
The gang of five girls and one boy are filmed walking away from Crafton Green, off Chapel Hill

It was one of several disturbances that night involving the six teenagers. Trouble also flared at Crafton Green, Chapel Hill and at the King's Arms pub in Station Road.

The victim, who did not wish to be named, said he was getting out of his car when the girls started swearing at him.

"It was really vile language. I didn't know what it was about so I just ignored it. I was about to go inside when they started smashing up pot plants in our communal garden.

The boy suspected of smashing a window at Crafton Green House and assaulting a resident who confronted the gang
The boy suspected of smashing a window at Crafton Green House and assaulting a resident who confronted the gang

"I went up to them and said 'Who's done this?' as they walked off into the rec. They were swearing at me and I just thought 'I'm getting nowhere here' so just shook my head and started to walk off, but the boy ran up to me as I walked away and started remonstrating with me in Spencer Close, pushing me and hitting me in the face.

"I didn't realise, but he had actually got a brick with him. A neighbour ran out to stop him and all hell broke loose.

"This was a violent lad who assaulted me for no reason other than me telling the girls not to smash up the pots."

The gang is believed to have smashed windows at Uttlesford Foodbank's Stansted depot at Crafton Green House, off Chapel Hill, shortly before the assault.

The damaged windows at Crafton Green House are boarded up (56576227)
The damaged windows at Crafton Green House are boarded up (56576227)

A nearby office worker who heard a commotion videoed the group walking away from the scene. As she films them the sound of the window smashing can be heard.

Sophie Durlacher, manager of Uttlesford Foodbank, said: "Volunteers spent the day checking all the food for any debris and thankfully we didn’t lose anything. All clients still received their food parcels – no disruption to service due to our amazing volunteers."

Stansted Parish Council clerk Ruth Clifford said CCTV had captured the group elsewhere in the village, but not at Crafton Green House.

Three of the girls caught on CCTV at the King's Arms pub
Three of the girls caught on CCTV at the King's Arms pub

"Between ourselves and other premises, we have the group quite well covered on CCTV, just not that actual incident frustratingly. As yet, we don't have any idea of the costs of the damage."

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "We were called to reports of an assault in Spencer Close, Stansted, at around 8.20pm on 7 May. It was reported the victim, who’s in his 40s, had been assaulted when he challenged a group of people there.

"We were then called to reports of a disturbance at an address in Chapel Hill on the same evening. Officers attended later that night and carried out a search of the area, but could not find anyone and did not find any buildings damaged, but did find a smashed bottle.

"The following day, we received a call reporting a group of people being abusive and acting anti-socially at a pub in Station Road the previous evening."

Police added: "We continue to investigate reports of assault and criminal damage that took place in Stansted. In each investigation, collating the best evidence will give us the best outcome for all concerned.

"We have updated victims to make them aware of our enquiries and listen to their concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area. In addition, we have collected CCTV and arranged a meeting with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour.

"We are aware that anti-social behaviour has an effect on the day-to-day life of our residents, but we are committed to tackling those issues.

"The community policing team regularly patrol the areas, tackling issues caused by youths as they arise, and proactively try to resolve the issues to minimise disruption to residents."

They say anyone with concerns about anti-social behaviour should call 101 or, in an emergency, 999.

Anyone with information about Saturday evening's events is asked to call 101, submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm, quoting incident number 1207 of May 7. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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