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Parents of Stockton Heath teens hit out after attacker is given caution
11:00am Friday 15th February 2013 in News
THE parents of three boys beaten up in Stockton Heath have hit out at Cheshire Police for not pressing charges against their attacker.
The teenagers - two aged 15, and one aged 14 - were on London Road when one threw a snowball at the 40-year-old man, who then attacked them.
Two were thrown to the ground while the other was punched to the face and left on the floor, according to witnesses.
Merika Robinson, of Wedgewood Drive in Stockton Heath got a phone call to say her 15-year-old son Maccauley had been knocked out.
She says he was taken to Alder Hey Hospital for eight stitches to a wound in his lip.
Mrs Robinson said: “He was in total shock and he’s still shaken up about it.
“No police officer has called me to see how he is.
“I’ve contacted the police but they never get back to me.
“They’ve not kept me informed of what’s going on.
“I’m not happy at all.
“They should be charging him for the safety of other children in the neighbourhood.
“If he can just flip at three boys he can flip at anyone.”
Pamela Lavell, of London Road, witnessed the attack, with son William, aged 14, among the victims.
“I thought Maccauley was dead, he was bleeding out of his mouth,” she said.
“You’re not allowed to hit your own kids, let alone a stranger beating them.
“I think the town should know what’s going on.”
The incident took place at around 5.45pm on Sunday, January 20.
Police confirmed on Monday, February 4, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was cautioned.
Inspector Sarah Heath, of Warrington South Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "At 5.30pm on January 20th police were called to London Road in Stockton Heath following reports of an altercation between a man and three teenagers.
"The teenagers had been throwing snowballs at the man and his family. He remonstrated with them and there was an altercation in the street, which resulted in one of the teenagers being knocked to the floor and sustaining a graze to the back of his head and a cut to the inside of his lip.
"He was taken to Warrington Hospital for treatment to his injuries.
"Officers attended the scene and spoke to all those involved along with a number of witnesses.
"Following a full and thorough investigation into what happened - and taking into account all of the circumstances surrounding the incident - a decision was made to issue the man with a caution for assault.
"The man had remained at the scene following the incident, co-operated fully with officers and admitted his part in the incident - in part claiming that he acted in self defence.
"The teenagers and their families were kept fully updated on the progress of the investigation and the subsequent outcome was explained to them fully.
"There are a number of circumstances in which a caution can be issued for an offence.
"Cautions can be issued on occasions where there is a full and unequivocal admission by a remorseful offender and they have no previous convictions.
"A caution is used in specific circumstances in order to divert someone from the court system, to give a person of previous good character the opportunity to assess their behaviour to help prevent any re-offending.
"We take all issues of this nature extremely seriously and are committed to tackling crime and disorder in Warrington.
"Receiving a caution is a serious matter, this remains on a person's record and would form part of any vetting/disclosure issue.
"We are committed to dealing with all crime in the most effective and proportionate way given each set of circumstances."