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A mum was ‘disgusted’ after witnessing a schoolboy being attacked on a football pitch in an Anfield park.

The 14-year-old was taken to hospital for serious injuries to his face after he was punched several times before hitting the back of his head on a football pitch on Lower Breck Road, Anfield.

The witness, who spoke of her shock at the attack, wants to remain anonymous for fear that she or her son may run into the ‘gangs’ hanging around Breckside Park.

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She told the ECHO : “I felt concern for the younger lad who was bleeding from the mouth, and also disgust at what I had just seen [the man] do, in front of seven or eight-year-old children waiting for their football training to start, right next to a children’s playground at 5pm.”

The mum was arriving at Breckside Park when she witnessed the attack on Thursday, September 23.

She added: “I was pulling up in the car park and saw a group of children ranging from between eight and 12 on the football court.

“I then saw two older boys, one was bent over while the other one was hitting him, in the middle while the younger kids egged it on.

“It ended nearly as soon as I got there, and I just assumed it was a fight between two boys until I saw the attacker walking away with the gang of young kids and realised he was older than the lad he was hitting who was in a school uniform.

“I didn’t see what started it, but it was a very violent, one-sided fight. They went their separate ways, but the attacker returned about ten minutes later with a gang of friends.”

The suspect is described in a police statement as an 18 to 20 year-old man with blonde hair and a light brown beard wearing a black jacket, top and bottoms.

The woman said: “The whole time I was there, there was a large presence of lads ranging from about 10 to about 16 or 17, all congregating in the car park of Breckside Park.

“It’s extremely intimidating while you are supposed to be attending what is a family friendly environment at the sports centre and playground.”

What she found most shocking about the experience was that the attacker returned after his victim fled.

The mum added: “What shocked me as well was that he returned with more mates, and I didn’t see the reason for that.

“He had already given the poor lad a hiding, so what were his intentions in returning with more people?

“What if the lad hadn’t left straight away and was still there? What would he have done to him?”

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Detective Inspector Chris Saidi said: “This was a menacing attack which has left a teenage boy with serious facial injuries.

“We have carried out a number of CCTV and witness enquiries near the area and would implore anyone who thinks they know the suspect or saw the incident to contact police.

“If you were in the area at the time and may have witnessed the attack or have any information about it, we would like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC on Twitter, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 21000663477.

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