Autistic attack victim still terrified after ‘being beaten and forced to beg’

Orwell Close footpath.
Orwell Close footpath.

The mother of an autistic boy who was allegedly held at knifepoint says her son’s summer holidays have been ruined as he’s petrified to go outside.

The 14-year-old was riding his bike next to Orwell Close in Biddick Hall, South Shields, on Tuesday, July 21, when the sickening attack is alleged to have happened.

I now have a different little boy to last week.

Victim’s mother

It’s claimed the youngster was forced to beg for his life, as a knife was held to his throat and he was beaten with sticks as a group of boys filmed the sickening ordeal on their mobile phones.

His mother says she was horrified to learn that it’s been alleged a 12-year-old disabled boy was targeted on nearby Chesterton Road in a similar attack the day before.

She said: “I now have a different little boy to the one I let outside to play last Tuesday.

“He has been left petrified to go outside and we still haven’t returned home, he’s just too scared.

“It’s the summer holidays, he should be outside playing and having fun, not be too traumatised to go outside. I’m absolutely disgusted that another child has had to go through the same ordeal, it’s sickening.”

Northumbria Police say a 12-year-old boy has since been arrested and bailed in connection with both incidents.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Inquiries were carried out and two boys, both aged 12, were arrested on suspicion of affray. One of the boys was also arrested in connection with the incident on Chesterton Road. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

“A third boy, aged 13, has attended a police station and is assisting officers with their inquiries relating to the second incident.”