Parents fear thugs are targeting school pupils after series of attacks on teenage boys

Parents fear thugs are targeting school pupils after series of attacks on teenage boys

Parents fear thugs are targeting school pupils after series of attacks on teenage boys

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Parents are on alert after a series of violent attacks on schoolboys in Braintree.

Pupils from Alec Hunter Academy have been confronted by a teenage gang on at least half a dozen occasions since the beginning of last week, with a number allegedly assaulted.

The majority have happened at or near King George Playing Fields, in Cressing Road.

Police said they were aware of four boys, aged between 13 and 15, being punched in the face between last Tuesday and Monday, but believe more incidents have gone unreported.

See today's Braintree Times for the full story

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3:09pm Thu 3 Apr 14

venturoboy says...

So what do they look like?
So what do they look like? venturoboy
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kevinandperry says...

travelers are the thugs lots of children have been attacked walking through king george playing fields by these people they should be locked up not let get away with it ,take there caravans and ponies and bugger of
travelers are the thugs lots of children have been attacked walking through king george playing fields by these people they should be locked up not let get away with it ,take there caravans and ponies and bugger of kevinandperry
  • Score: 19

4:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kevinandperry says...

dont know why the paper is 2 scared to print that its the travelers residing on king george playing field
dont know why the paper is 2 scared to print that its the travelers residing on king george playing field kevinandperry
  • Score: 14

4:42pm Thu 3 Apr 14

howwhy says...

The police are correct "they were aware of four boys, aged between 13 and 15, being punched in the face between last Tuesday and Monday, but believe more incidents have gone unreported."
So why did incidents happen Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday?
The police are :-
1 Lazy
2 Scared
3 Incompetent
4 Busy
5 Confused
You be the Judge!
The police are correct "they were aware of four boys, aged between 13 and 15, being punched in the face between last Tuesday and Monday, but believe more incidents have gone unreported." So why did incidents happen Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday? The police are :- 1 Lazy 2 Scared 3 Incompetent 4 Busy 5 Confused You be the Judge! howwhy
  • Score: 8

7:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

venturoboy says...

How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner.
How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner. venturoboy
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kevinandperry says...

venturoboy wrote:
How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner.
think about a week from what my daughter tells me been making a right nuisance of them self's ,picking on random kids and punching them and threatening other kids for no apparent reason just for fun ,police know about it schools know about it and yet they are still there.
[quote][p][bold]venturoboy[/bold] wrote: How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner.[/p][/quote]think about a week from what my daughter tells me been making a right nuisance of them self's ,picking on random kids and punching them and threatening other kids for no apparent reason just for fun ,police know about it schools know about it and yet they are still there. kevinandperry
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

"Travelers". What a polite and oh-so politically correct description for a group of people that (whether they be irish, romany or from whatever ethnic group they purport to hail) are nothing but leeches on the @rseend of society and, like a boil in the self-same vicinity, should be lanced and cauterised to ensure it is removed and can not return. Damned gypsies. Always have been a problem and seemingly always will.
"Travelers". What a polite and oh-so politically correct description for a group of people that (whether they be irish, romany or from whatever ethnic group they purport to hail) are nothing but leeches on the @rseend of society and, like a boil in the self-same vicinity, should be lanced and cauterised to ensure it is removed and can not return. Damned gypsies. Always have been a problem and seemingly always will. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

dadoffive says...

I dont think there on king georges playing feild as we walked through there on tuesday and it was empty ! i dont understand why the law says they can stay somewhere for 28 days it should be changed to if they are causing problems the police can move them asap. How long beforethe pupils start fighting back and it gets out of hand ?
I dont think there on king georges playing feild as we walked through there on tuesday and it was empty ! i dont understand why the law says they can stay somewhere for 28 days it should be changed to if they are causing problems the police can move them asap. How long beforethe pupils start fighting back and it gets out of hand ? dadoffive
  • Score: 4

8:47am Fri 4 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

totally agree with the comments about gyppos - however the ponies can stay :-)
totally agree with the comments about gyppos - however the ponies can stay :-) Bhudeeka
  • Score: 0

10:36am Fri 4 Apr 14

3359sg says...

All your opinions are irrelevant , not all travlers are horrible
All your opinions are irrelevant , not all travlers are horrible 3359sg
  • Score: -7

10:51am Fri 4 Apr 14

Beck 1 says...

Some travellers are extremely nice people with good morals, but many of us are getting fed up with the constant disruptive behaviour that comes whenever they seem to turn up locally. The lack of respect for people and the environment and the criminal activity that seems to increase with their presence, are some of the reasons why we are becoming less tolerant. If they were to live in harmony with residents, i'm sure we would not feel so negative and group them as scum.
Some travellers are extremely nice people with good morals, but many of us are getting fed up with the constant disruptive behaviour that comes whenever they seem to turn up locally. The lack of respect for people and the environment and the criminal activity that seems to increase with their presence, are some of the reasons why we are becoming less tolerant. If they were to live in harmony with residents, i'm sure we would not feel so negative and group them as scum. Beck 1
  • Score: 4

11:05am Fri 4 Apr 14

3359sg says...

They don't jut go round hitting people for no reason they have a reason , so don't judge them, you don't know them personally do you,
They don't jut go round hitting people for no reason they have a reason , so don't judge them, you don't know them personally do you, 3359sg
  • Score: -11

11:09am Fri 4 Apr 14

keith_l says...

Our house overlooks a piece of public open space that has been occupied by travellers four or five times in the seven years that we have lived there. We have never had any immediate trouble from them, however on two or three of these times they have left considerable litter (including truckloads of hedge and tree trimmings and piles of hardocre), and once my wife observed them emptying their caravan toilet casette in the hedge immediately next to our garden fence. They also churned up the nice grass with tyre tracks that took time to regrow.
Our house overlooks a piece of public open space that has been occupied by travellers four or five times in the seven years that we have lived there. We have never had any immediate trouble from them, however on two or three of these times they have left considerable litter (including truckloads of hedge and tree trimmings and piles of hardocre), and once my wife observed them emptying their caravan toilet casette in the hedge immediately next to our garden fence. They also churned up the nice grass with tyre tracks that took time to regrow. keith_l
  • Score: 5

11:19am Fri 4 Apr 14

3359sg says...

But I'm saying don't judge them you don't know them personally , some of them are lovely people and people just judge them because they are travellers.
But I'm saying don't judge them you don't know them personally , some of them are lovely people and people just judge them because they are travellers. 3359sg
  • Score: -8

11:24am Fri 4 Apr 14

venturoboy says...

So pretty much as soon as they showed up they started hitting the locals. What a lovely bunch.
So pretty much as soon as they showed up they started hitting the locals. What a lovely bunch. venturoboy
  • Score: 3

11:28am Fri 4 Apr 14

The Stinker Returns says...

We've all seen the Big Fat Gyspy wotnots on the telly - you decide
We've all seen the Big Fat Gyspy wotnots on the telly - you decide The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 2

11:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

3359sg says...

Thy have reasons why they have hit people. And yeah they are a lovely bunch when you get to know them
Thy have reasons why they have hit people. And yeah they are a lovely bunch when you get to know them 3359sg
  • Score: -11

12:20pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Stinker Returns says...

3359sg wrote:
Thy have reasons why they have hit people. And yeah they are a lovely bunch when you get to know them
What's a good reason to hit a person please?
[quote][p][bold]3359sg[/bold] wrote: Thy have reasons why they have hit people. And yeah they are a lovely bunch when you get to know them[/p][/quote]What's a good reason to hit a person please? The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 10

1:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Technoted says...

kevinandperry wrote:
venturoboy wrote:
How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner.
think about a week from what my daughter tells me been making a right nuisance of them self's ,picking on random kids and punching them and threatening other kids for no apparent reason just for fun ,police know about it schools know about it and yet they are still there.
its been going on for years, i'm 18 now and still remember the travelers trying to start fights with us and picking on us at king georges when we were 15, 16 according to the people who are younger than I am they are all saying that these are new "gypsies" younger ones and they are doing the same things that the older "gypsies" were doing to us. its outrageous... and I cannot believe this has only just been noticed. for years they have been doing this! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! GET THEM OUT OF OUR TOWN!
[quote][p][bold]kevinandperry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]venturoboy[/bold] wrote: How long have they been there? Why are they there? - I live just round the corner.[/p][/quote]think about a week from what my daughter tells me been making a right nuisance of them self's ,picking on random kids and punching them and threatening other kids for no apparent reason just for fun ,police know about it schools know about it and yet they are still there.[/p][/quote]its been going on for years, i'm 18 now and still remember the travelers trying to start fights with us and picking on us at king georges when we were 15, 16 according to the people who are younger than I am they are all saying that these are new "gypsies" younger ones and they are doing the same things that the older "gypsies" were doing to us. its outrageous... and I cannot believe this has only just been noticed. for years they have been doing this! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! GET THEM OUT OF OUR TOWN! Technoted
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Emma473 says...

There is NO good reason for violence. Especially against school children, one punch can kill. Police should be evicting them ASAP and while they're at it ask how they can afford those new cars with no income. Check the insurance and tax too. They use roads don't they?! BTW I'm writing this from outside the school cos my 16 yr old is to scared to walk home alone. Fuming.
There is NO good reason for violence. Especially against school children, one punch can kill. Police should be evicting them ASAP and while they're at it ask how they can afford those new cars with no income. Check the insurance and tax too. They use roads don't they?! BTW I'm writing this from outside the school cos my 16 yr old is to scared to walk home alone. Fuming. Emma473
  • Score: 5

1:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

howwhy says...

3359sg are you for real. What reason other than God only knows why this is happening.I can only think you are a MORON.
3359sg are you for real. What reason other than God only knows why this is happening.I can only think you are a MORON. howwhy
  • Score: 9

2:12pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Emma473 says...

Also why have I had to hear about this from my Son and not Alec Hunter? You send me constant letters through the post about minor or completely insignificant things yet my child's safety is at risk and I've heard nothing.
Also why have I had to hear about this from my Son and not Alec Hunter? You send me constant letters through the post about minor or completely insignificant things yet my child's safety is at risk and I've heard nothing. Emma473
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

keith_l says...

3359sg wrote:
They don't jut go round hitting people for no reason they have a reason , so don't judge them, you don't know them personally do you,
The reason, of course, is that they are violent thugs with no respect for authority and the knowledge that the police will do nothing.
[quote][p][bold]3359sg[/bold] wrote: They don't jut go round hitting people for no reason they have a reason , so don't judge them, you don't know them personally do you,[/p][/quote]The reason, of course, is that they are violent thugs with no respect for authority and the knowledge that the police will do nothing. keith_l
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Fri 4 Apr 14

dadoffive says...

most travellers are nice friendly people but its just a handful of them that give them all a bad name, as i said before if tyhey cause a problem the police should be able to move them on asap not 28 days!
most travellers are nice friendly people but its just a handful of them that give them all a bad name, as i said before if tyhey cause a problem the police should be able to move them on asap not 28 days! dadoffive
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

3359sg says...

I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .
I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical . 3359sg
  • Score: -3

5:31pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Emma473 says...

"They wouldn't hit someone for no reason" there is NEVER a good reason to hit someone. They approached my sins friend Friday, asked if he had a light when he said no they told him they were going to take him to king George's and beat the .. Out of him ! Does that sound like a good reason? 3359gs I suggest you stop commenting as you're clearly missing the a chromosome
"They wouldn't hit someone for no reason" there is NEVER a good reason to hit someone. They approached my sins friend Friday, asked if he had a light when he said no they told him they were going to take him to king George's and beat the .. Out of him ! Does that sound like a good reason? 3359gs I suggest you stop commenting as you're clearly missing the a chromosome Emma473
  • Score: 5

7:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

howwhy says...

3359sg wrote:
I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .
I do not apologise for calling you a moron. The assailants have done exactly that for no reason whatsoever. I also know some good travellers I have not mentioned who/race or religion. !You are the stereotypical racist for bringing race into this. Children do not feel safe.MORON
[quote][p][bold]3359sg[/bold] wrote: I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .[/p][/quote]I do not apologise for calling you a moron. The assailants have done exactly that for no reason whatsoever. I also know some good travellers I have not mentioned who/race or religion. !You are the stereotypical racist for bringing race into this. Children do not feel safe.MORON howwhy
  • Score: 6

7:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

howwhy says...

3359sg you have a lot to learn. Start with your spelling and aim towards common sense. MORON
3359sg you have a lot to learn. Start with your spelling and aim towards common sense. MORON howwhy
  • Score: 4

9:39am Sat 5 Apr 14

kevinandperry says...

3359sg wrote:
I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .
as i still say these attacks have been unprovoked on kids from alec school one child was asked if he had a cigarette and said no as he did not smoke then was threatened with being beaten up when he came out of school resulting in someone having to take him home as he was scared ,they have been causing trouble in the local shops near stubbs lane and why should they get away with it ,would u be happy if it was ur child attacked 3359sg ..i dont think so !!!
[quote][p][bold]3359sg[/bold] wrote: I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .[/p][/quote]as i still say these attacks have been unprovoked on kids from alec school one child was asked if he had a cigarette and said no as he did not smoke then was threatened with being beaten up when he came out of school resulting in someone having to take him home as he was scared ,they have been causing trouble in the local shops near stubbs lane and why should they get away with it ,would u be happy if it was ur child attacked 3359sg ..i dont think so !!! kevinandperry
  • Score: 3

10:32am Sat 5 Apr 14

keith_l says...

3359sg wrote:
I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .
Why do people keep saying that travellers are a different race? They are WHITE EUROPEANS, either British, Irish or Hungarian (Romany). They have just chosen a different way of life. People who use the "race card" as a defence against criticism of travellers are just trying to find an excuse for the frequent antisocial behaviour (I'm not saying that all travellers are antisocial, but there do appear to be a higher proportion than there are of people who live in houses).
[quote][p][bold]3359sg[/bold] wrote: I find your comment of me being a moron very offensive as I was just pointing out they wouldn't hit someone for no reason and travlers are just like us apart from they live in a caravan so I think you should all stop being so racist and stereo typical .[/p][/quote]Why do people keep saying that travellers are a different race? They are WHITE EUROPEANS, either British, Irish or Hungarian (Romany). They have just chosen a different way of life. People who use the "race card" as a defence against criticism of travellers are just trying to find an excuse for the frequent antisocial behaviour (I'm not saying that all travellers are antisocial, but there do appear to be a higher proportion than there are of people who live in houses). keith_l
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

dadoffive says...

Just been informed a girl has been beaten up by a group of traveller boys , now something has to be done before someone gets really hurt cause if they done anything to one of my kids I would go to prison , and if a parent went over to them to do something about it the police would do something about it !!!!!
Just been informed a girl has been beaten up by a group of traveller boys , now something has to be done before someone gets really hurt cause if they done anything to one of my kids I would go to prison , and if a parent went over to them to do something about it the police would do something about it !!!!! dadoffive
  • Score: 0

5:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Where did this occur and what time? What are your sources, please?
Where did this occur and what time? What are your sources, please? /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

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