Police hunt launched after boy dragged to the ground and attacked after leaving school

Date published: 24 May 2024

Police have launched an investigation after a boy was dragged to the ground and assaulted on his way home from school.

The schoolboy was leaving Holy Family RC and CE College, in Heywood, at around 3pm on Wednesday (22 May).

As he was walking, a suspect dragged the boy to the ground before assaulting him. The victim suffered injuries as a result of the incident. 

A video of the assault has been circulated on social media. GMP is urging anyone who saw the attack to come forward.

PC Worden, of GMPs Rochdale district, said: “We are aware of an incident outside a Holy Family College, that has been filmed and circulated online and officers are currently carrying out enquiries to identify those responsible.

"This unprovoked and callous attack has had a significant impact on the victim and their family and we will be liaising closely with the school and partner agencies to progress the investigation."

Anyone with information or CCTV, mobile or dashcam video footage should call GMP on 101, quoting log number 2936 of May 22, 2024. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.

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