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Autistic Boy, 13, Grabbed In North Shields Street

November 6, 2014

Does anyone know anything? This needs to be shared as widely as possible.

A boy with learning difficulties was grabbed by a masked man in a terrifying attack.

The boy, 13, was walking with a friend in North Shields when the long-haired attacker came from nowhere and grabbed him by the wrists.

The man was wearing a balaclava when he pulled the vulnerable schoolboy towards him near Balkwell Green and Heaton Terrace.

Attempting to break free, the frightened teenager stamped on his attacker’s foot.

But the man, who is described as being in his mid 40s, sunk his nails into the little boy’s wrist.

The boy’s auntie, Chyvonne Binks, said: “He’s finding it hard to come to terms with what happens because he suffers from autism as well as ADHD.

“He was absolutely terrified when he got back to his friend’s, and he’s still in deep deep shock.”

The vulnerable teenager, eventually broke free and ran to the nearest point of safety at a friend’s house in Balkwell Green.

His friend’s mother immediately called the little boy’s family and police.

The family were shocked when he began his description of the grabbing which happened at about 4:45pm on Monday night.

Chyvonne, 55, who also lives in North Shields, said: “We were shocked when my nephew said he couldn’t tell what he looked like because he was wearing a mask which covered most of his face.

“He said you could only see his eyes and his mouth, but also he had long hair and lots of wrinkles around his eyes. The family are relieved they taught the little boy about stranger danger.

Chyvonne added: “We are always banging on about stranger danger to him, but it’s even more worrying now.

“A few things like this have happened in this area and it’s getting out of hand.”

Police took statements from the little boy, and returned later that night for DNA samples from his cut wrist.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “The man is described as having dark hair with grey bits.

“Extra officers are now on patrol in the area to carry out enquiries and provide reassurance to the public.”

Anyone with information about the attack should call 101, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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  1. November 6, 2014 6:31 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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