A teenage boy was beaten with a hammer in a ‘suspected gang attack’ outside a city shop and in broad daylight.
The victim, aged 17, suffered injuries to his arms and legs outside a co-op in Sutton Coldfield on the afternoon of Easter Sunday (April 4).
A witness was left terrified after watching ‘a man with a hammer’ assault the ‘young lad’ whilst with a group of boys on Reddicap Heath Road.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 5.15pm.
The local, who did not wish to be named, said: “Just witnessed a young lad being assaulted by the co-op, by a man with a hammer, also a group of boys with him – to say I was frightened is an understatement.”
The teen was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be serious, but was later discharged.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 5.21pm on Sunday to reports of an assault on Reddicap Heath Road.
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“One ambulance attended the scene. On arrival we discovered one patient, a teenage male. He was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to hospital for further assessment.”
West Midlands Police said a safeguarding referral had been made for the teenager after the suspected gang related attack.
A spokesman for the force said: “A 17-year-old boy suffered injuries to his arms and legs after being attacked with a hammer. It happened in Reddicap Heath Road at around 5.15pm on 5 April.
“He received hospital treatment but was later discharged. It’s suspected the attack is gang related and we’ve made a safeguarding referral for the teenager.”