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Haunted by memory of injured boys

Jean Wright
Mrs Wright says she and her son were left traumatised

The woman who first saw the nine-year-old victim of the Edlington attacks says she will always be haunted by the image of his bloodied face.

"It makes me feel sick because his eyes were just saying 'help me, please help me," Jean Wright told the BBC.

"To wake up in the morning and see that little boy's face is terrible."

She said her 40-year-old son, who found the badly beaten 11-year-old, had been left so traumatised he could no longer walk past the scene of the attacks.

Mrs Wright recalled how she and her husband first noticed the nine-year-old wandering in the street in the former pit village of Edlington.

"My husband saw the little boy out of the window and he said 'Oh, that's a bad paint job'.

"He then realised that it was blood and we ran out and got him in the house and my husband said to phone the ambulance.

"He was in a state of shock and badly shaking, he had no shoes on, no socks on, he was wet through from the waist down and had dried blood all over him.

"At this point my husband got out of the little boy that there was another little boy that had been badly beaten up and he couldn't see."

My son was left in a terrible state, he couldn't speak to anybody, he was really upset, all he did was cry.
Jean Wright

She phoned one of her sons who immediately went out looking for the other child and found him a short time later.

"He waited with him with a policeman until the air ambulance came.

"My son was left in a terrible state, he couldn't speak to anybody, he was really upset, all he did was cry.

"He started to pull himself around a bit because he went to see the boy in hospital when he got a little bit better.

"But he still can't even walk to the place where it happened."

Another resident of Edlington has spoken of being threatened by the two brothers who carried out the attack on the boys.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said: "On my way to the post office I was walking past their house and they threw wood at me.

"When I went with my son when he was very small in his pram they would tell me to go back to my own country. I've been here seven years now.

"I told the parents but they said they can't look after them 24 hours. I told them they should teach them because I've not done anything wrong.

"I'm quite scared now to walk past their house even though it's empty."



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