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article imageTwo Wolverhampton schoolboys arrested in ‘smurf’ attack

By Richard Milnes     Oct 18, 2012 in Crime
Wolverhampton - Two black youths have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a pensioner was cowardly karate-kicked to the floor at the city’s bus station.
West Midlands Police report “A 15-year-old was picked up by officers from his Pendeford home at 12.15pm today (Oct 17) followed by a 16-year-old, from East Park, who surrendered to Wolverhampton police station just over an hour later.
“Both are being questioned about the attack.
“Earlier this week, West Midlands Police issued CCTV footage showing the elderly man being kicked to the floor by a young thug – who was wearing a shirt featuring a Smurf character – before another lout launched a two-footed stamp on his chest.”
Investigating officer, Sergeant Adrian Brown from the Safer Travel Police Team, described it as “a cowardly attack on a defenceless victim”.
No excuse for cowardly attack
An earlier report of the incident by West Midlands Police quotes Investigating officer, Sergeant Adrian Brown from the Safer Travel Police Team, as saying, “The elderly man is seen wandering through the bus station...he looks unsteady on his feet and may well be drunk.
“The footage shows him talking to people in the station and it appears the offenders have taken objection to whatever he was saying.
“But no matter what he said there is absolutely no excuse for the punishment they mete out on what is a vulnerable, defenceless victim. He is kicked to the floor and, whilst prone on the ground, another man jumps in the air and stamps on his chest.
Police appeal for information
Police are appealing for information in order to locate the victim who was left unconscious and may not remember being assaulted at around 8pm on Saturday, 15 September.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Safer Travel Team or local community support officer Mike Price on the 101 number.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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