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Appeal for witnesses after 14-year-old boy attacked outside DW Stadium
Tuesday 16th September, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside a rugby stadium.

At around 10pm on Thursday 11th September 2014, the victim and a group of friends were watching Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium, Wigan, when they noticed a group of youths glaring at them.

Later, when the victim and his friends were leaving the stadium out of the South Stand, one of the earlier group approached and asked the victim if he had enjoyed the game.

The youth then punched the victim with such force that he knocked out several of the victim's teeth.

The offender then ran off in the direction of the River Douglas.

A 16-year-old boy has since been arrested on suspicion of Section 20 assault GBH.

Detective Constable Kevin Telford said: "This was a cowardly and unprovoked attack on a young boy who was simply trying to enjoy a match with his friends.

"The poor victim was punched with such force that he lost several teeth and will require prolonged dental treatment.

"The attack took place directly outside exits SX03 and SX04 in the South Stand of the DW Stadium and we need people who believe they may have seen something to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to call Police on 0161 857 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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