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Mother of autistic man attacked at Butlins launches appeal for witnesses

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Mother of autistic man attacked at Butlins launches appeal for witnesses

Post by Keith » 2 years ago

Mother of young victim who was punched at Butlins said it is "vital we find these women who saw attack"

A furious mother from Epsom whose autistic son was punched in a "savage attack" at Butlins has launched a social media campaign to trace witnesses to the incident.

Alison Attwater's son Thomas was on a family holiday when he was assaulted outside the Beachcomber pub inside the Bognor Regis resort on Thursday (July 30) at around 9pm.

Due to the nature of his condition, the 18-year-old spent the next two hours wandering the Butlins camp site alone - as Ms Attwater said he "had no idea how to cope" with what had happened.

The 18-year-old had multiple cuts and bruises and "considerable" damage to the inside of his mouth following the assault and was admitted to Chichester Hospital, West Sussex.

Sussex Police want to speak to two young women, believed to be called named Amelia and Athena, whom Thomas had met earlier in the day.

Thomas was reportedly approached by a man who told him to go away, and then punched him in the face.

Ms Attwater shared the heartfelt appeal on her Facebook page and it has since been shared more than 33,000 times

She said: "Seeing your own child savaged like this is utterly heartbreaking.

“It is vital we find these young women, who saw the attack.

“All we know is their names are Amelia and Athena, they are about 16 and from the Reading area, one is red head and one blonde haired.

“They made friends with Thomas on the Wednesday night.

"Please come forward if you know these young women.

"They are not in any trouble at all, but they might be valuable witnesses, especially if they are able to help identify who did this to my son. "

She went on: "At the time, Butlins security staff said they were too busy dealing with another incident to deal with what happened to Thomas.

"The company has written today by email, saying it could take up to three weeks to reply to my letter of complaint.

"The Butlins holiday was meant to be respite for the family, using vouchers provided by the charity Family Fund."

Officers would like to hear from the two women present or anyone else who may have information about the incident.

They are asked to phone 101, quoting serial 1753 of 30/7, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Keith

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