Call for tougher punishment after youths attack Sheffield man with learning difficulties

Star readers were quick to offer their support for a young-man with learning difficulties after he was attacked by a 13-strong gang of youths.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 12th January 2019, 6:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th January 2019, 6:19 pm

The 25-year-old man was targeted on Buchanan Road, Parson Cross by the gang '“ made up of 10 boys and three girls '“ and was left a fractured cheekbone needing surgery.

He was also verbally abused by the youths as he left Asda on Chaucer Road with his mum, and suffered bruising and a black eye.

Following the incident messages flooded in offering support, with many calling for tougher punishments for the '˜cowards' that carried out the attack who have not yet been caught.

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Joan Daniels said: 'The fact that he was with his mum as well and they still decided to set about him just goes to show you're not safe going anywhere. I really hope they are caught and prosecuted. Poor lad, it's probably made him scared to go anywhere now.'

Gina Taylor said: 'Another reminder of how stupid it was to remove all punishment from school. Instead we deal with manipulative selfish young folk with cotton gloves as they all have 'issues'. I can't stand this group cowardice behaviour, may karma come upon you quick time.'

Toby Morgan said: 'Absolutely sicko's to have done this. I really hope when they get caught that they are put away in youth offenders centre until they are adults . If this doesn't prove that vulnerable people in society need protection! Then I don't know how clear it can be.'

Gillian Myers Price said: 'Sick cowards acting hard as a gang as they're not hard enough alone. They should be '˜seen to' one by one without their '˜gang mates' and made to never feel safe out alone ever again, and even worse on a disabled lad .Parents need to take some of the blame too for not teaching them respect or morals.'

Rulz Mikel said: 'It absolutely disgusting, I hope they find them and prosecute them. They give parson cross a bad name as there is some nice respectful people.'