Boy, 15, attacked on Accrington street by man in 20s

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A TEENAGER punched by a man in his 20s needed stitches to his eye after an attack in the street.

Gary Goodill, 15, was walking near the Tesco store, in Eagle Street, Accrington, when he was punched in the head, and knocked to the ground.

He is now waiting for scan results to see if he has a fractured cheekbone.

The Norden High School pupil’s mum, Collette, said he approached his attacker in a lane near the shop as he thought he might have known him from social net- working site, Facebook.

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She said: “The lad punched Gary for nothing. All he did was ask if he was called Bobby.

“I got a phone call from Gary at about 9pm on Friday to say he had been punched and could I go and pick him up.

“When I arrived, the staff at Tesco were giving him first aid and they had call-ed an ambulance.

“But when the police arrived, Gary was in so much pain and he was tired. They asked him how it had happened, but he could not explain. I just want to find the person who did this to my son. One punch can kill. If Gary had fallen the other way, he would have hit concrete. This could have been fatal.”

Pat Rogers founded charity Every Action Has Cons-equences, alongside husband Dave, after the death of their son Adam from a single punch.

She said she was saddened to hear of the attack and said she was working to educate people about the dangers of one-punch attacks. She said: “Every time something like this happens, it makes us want to work at it even harder.

“We need to get the message across that this is a cowardly thing to do.

“It is just a matter of luck where the head lands and how severe the injury is.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called to the Tesco store at 8.20pm.Someone had approached the victim and his friend while walking on an unlit path. The victim was punched, leaving a one-inch cut on his left eyelid, which we were told was glued at A&E.”

Gary’s attacker was about 27 years old. He had black hair with tram lines, brown eyes, and was short.

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8:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?
Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please? Reality50
  • Score: -5

8:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

workaholic says...

Reality50 wrote:
Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?
I don't know that there are many Asians named 'Bobby' read the article properly before you comment !
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?[/p][/quote]I don't know that there are many Asians named 'Bobby' read the article properly before you comment ! workaholic
  • Score: 26

8:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

maxcollie says...

I got one called Michael rang me from a call centre in India
I got one called Michael rang me from a call centre in India maxcollie
  • Score: 23

8:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Otherhand says...

Maybe it was one of the extremely aggressive white males involved in the Accrington pub brawl! Deport them all what are they doing to my town.
Maybe it was one of the extremely aggressive white males involved in the Accrington pub brawl! Deport them all what are they doing to my town. Otherhand
  • Score: 8

9:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Reality50 wrote:
Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?
Why on earth would they withhold the description of the attackers ethnicity? What would they have to.gain by doing that?
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?[/p][/quote]Why on earth would they withhold the description of the attackers ethnicity? What would they have to.gain by doing that? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 12

9:46pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Venomp says...

Whoever he was really does need to be punished with a lengthy sentence so no other individual would do this.
Whoever he was really does need to be punished with a lengthy sentence so no other individual would do this. Venomp
  • Score: 14

6:33am Wed 5 Mar 14

Proud2bMuslim says...

Reality50 wrote:
Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?
Or maybe White/Christian Black/Christian or Asian/Christian, why bring religion in to it when religion has nothing to do with it.
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Was the attacker white black or Asian/Muslim? The fact the police aren't saying makes me suspect its Asian especially as its Accrington .Can we have a clue on colour/race please?[/p][/quote]Or maybe White/Christian Black/Christian or Asian/Christian, why bring religion in to it when religion has nothing to do with it. Proud2bMuslim
  • Score: 15

6:57am Wed 5 Mar 14

caballo says...

I'd be interested to hear the other fellas version.
I'd be interested to hear the other fellas version. caballo
  • Score: 15

9:59am Wed 5 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

Was the attacker Scottish?
If so not surprised and lucky you still have a jaw!
Was the attacker Scottish? If so not surprised and lucky you still have a jaw! sen c b l
  • Score: 4

10:05am Wed 5 Mar 14

korado says...

youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles...
youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles... korado
  • Score: 7

4:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

andy1 says...

A man in his 20s punching a 15 year old kid in his face for asking his name. I honestly do not know what is happening in society. Got to be an hard man (not) to these kind of actions. Hopefully hes caught and receives a stiff sentence some how I doubt it.
A man in his 20s punching a 15 year old kid in his face for asking his name. I honestly do not know what is happening in society. Got to be an hard man (not) to these kind of actions. Hopefully hes caught and receives a stiff sentence some how I doubt it. andy1
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Wed 5 Mar 14

onsidecobra says...

caballo wrote:
I'd be interested to hear the other fellas version.
I agree caballo. There are always two sides to every story.
[quote][p][bold]caballo[/bold] wrote: I'd be interested to hear the other fellas version.[/p][/quote]I agree caballo. There are always two sides to every story. onsidecobra
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Leeaccrington says...

korado wrote:
youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles...
Hang on, so your saying it's fine for an adult to hit a child?

No matter what the kid did or didn't do the adult should have more sense to walk away, not do that to a child.
[quote][p][bold]korado[/bold] wrote: youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles...[/p][/quote]Hang on, so your saying it's fine for an adult to hit a child? No matter what the kid did or didn't do the adult should have more sense to walk away, not do that to a child. Leeaccrington
  • Score: 5

11:48am Fri 7 Mar 14

korado says...

Leeaccrington wrote:
korado wrote:
youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles...
Hang on, so your saying it's fine for an adult to hit a child?

No matter what the kid did or didn't do the adult should have more sense to walk away, not do that to a child.
i don`t say it is right,but sometimes these youngsters just jumping in face literally
[quote][p][bold]Leeaccrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]korado[/bold] wrote: youngsters nowadays have no respect for others,especially olders.a can of carling and they think that they are eagles...[/p][/quote]Hang on, so your saying it's fine for an adult to hit a child? No matter what the kid did or didn't do the adult should have more sense to walk away, not do that to a child.[/p][/quote]i don`t say it is right,but sometimes these youngsters just jumping in face literally korado
  • Score: 0

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