'Gang attack victim' arrested
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 January 2011
A CHRISTMAS shopper sustained facial injuries after she claims she was attacked by a gang in Weston - but was arrested after reporting the matter to police.
Anne Heritage says she was kicked, punched, had her eyes gouged and phone stolen during the incident which happened four days before Christmas at around 4.30pm.
The 52-year-old and her friend Ray Franklin had travelled to the town from Bridgwater on December 21 to go shopping, when they say they passed a man on Beach Road who was hitting his dog.
Anne said she parked her car and asked the man to stop ‘beating’ the Staffie but he then pushed her into the road before walking off.
Her friend rang 999 and followed the man while Anne moved her car and headed for town, but she then spotted a woman who had earlier been standing with her attacker.
She parked her car and asked the woman what the man’s name was but claims the woman then became ‘aggressive’ and walked off.
Anne says she followed the woman and rang the police to let them know what was happening, but was then confronted by a group of people near High Street who were friends with the woman.
She claims she was then attacked by the group and as she tried to ring the police again she had her phone taken.
She told the Mercury she eventually managed to get away and went straight to the police station to report the incident.
But she was then arrested on suspicion of affray and was told by officers they had to do this until they found out the full facts of the case.
Anne said: “All I came to Weston for was some Christmas shopping with my friend and all of this has happened. I won’t ever be coming back here again.
“I feel very shaken and upset by this, especially because I was arrested by police who I went to for help.”
A police spokesman said they could not comment at this stage about the investigation but confirmed two 19-year-old women and a 22-year-old man from Weston, and a 52-year-old woman from Bridgwater were arrested on suspicion of affray following an incident on December 21.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to ring them on 0845 4567000.