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Friday, 4 January, 2002, 16:10 GMT
Snowball fight leads to road rage
Glen Crosier
Glen was kicked and punched in the face
A 13-year-old boy has been punched and kicked in a road rage attack while having a snowball fight with friends.

Glen Crosier was playing near his home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, when a stray snowball hit a car travelling past the scene.

A passenger in the silver-coloured Ford Ka got out and attacked the schoolboy, leaving him with cuts and bruising to his face

His mother, Jill, said it was a "horrific" attack on her son.

Children cannot even go and play in the snow now without this kind of thing happening

Jill Crosier

The car was travelling along the A167 road in the Low Fell area of Gateshead when the attack took place.

Mrs Crosier said: "A man got out of the passenger seat and grabbed hold of Glen, pushed him to the ground, kicked and then punched him so hard in the face they closed his eye.

"He then said 'Go and get the person who threw the snowball and I'll give him the same'.

"It is totally horrific and unbelievable. Children cannot even go and play in the snow now without this kind of thing happening."

Police investigation

"You cannot get away with a fully grown man going on like that with a 13-year-old boy.

"Even if one of them has thrown a snowball at the car, nobody deserves the injuries that he has."

Northumbria Police have said they are investigating the incident, which happened on 30 December at 1430 GMT.

A police spokeswoman said: "We did get a report from the boy's mother and we have been out to see the boy.

"We are investigating the fact that they were throwing snowballs when someone, a passenger, got out of the car and there was an altercation."

The attacker is described as white, in his 30s, of stocky build and with balding ginger hair.

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