Shocking videos of a teenage girl being beaten-up by a gang in broad daylight at Bedford’s Castle Mound yesterday (23 July) have been posted on social media by local school children.
A large number of teenage boys and girls, thought to be aged between 14 and 15, gathered to watch the attack with some filming and posting videos to their social media accounts.
Some of these videos have been shared with us, we’ve edited them and removed sound for legal reasons.
While the content of the video itself is upsetting, what highlights the callous nature of them is some of the text accompanying the clips, which seemingly poked fun at the victim.
A line in one video, accompanied with multiple laughing emojis reads: “best believe i (sic) was crying when she slipped how did her ankles not break (sic)”
The 14-year-old was attacked at around 4pm by a large number of girls in what the victim’s family say was “a set-up related to an argument between two boys the Sunday before”.
The victim’s father says she was pushed and punched to the floor before being kicked in the back and head.
He then described how she had sustained bruises to her head and cuts on her legs. She also had clumps of hair pulled out and her neck and back have been hurt.
It’s reported she also had her phone damaged and SIM card stolen in what’s thought was an attempt to stop her calling anyone once she got away.
There are also reports that some of the gang are connected to people known to carry knives.
Bedfordshire Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident and have been given details of potential suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101 or through their online reporting tool at bedfordshire.police.uk/report quoting reference 40/42411/19.