I was a bit worried when my 15 year old nephew Hugh, who lives with us, didn't answer the home phone or his mobile after school yesterday. I usually call him at 4.30 from work. Then I knew something was wrong when someone else answered his mobile & I could hear train noises & thuggish laughing. I kept calling - the mobile would either ring out, someone would answer and hang up, or they'd just yell "What!!" I had to teach at 6 so Richard rushed home. He called me (unprecedented, I left my mobile on in class) to say that Hugh wasn't there and then I was REALLY concerned. We decided to call the police, and Richard was on the phone to them when Hugh walked in, bruised & bashed up, his mobile & wallet stolen.
He'd been walking up our street at about 4pm when he was hit from behind. It was two older & bigger boys; he didn't know them. One of them pinned his arms to his sides & the other punched him. They scratched his chest, tore his shirt & bruised his face. Richard & Hugh spent a few hours up at the police station & then we were visited last night by Constable Yvonne & Constable Josh, who were very nice. They took the ripped shirt away in a brown paper bag & took some of Hugh's DNA so they can separate it from any the attackers left behind. There's a chance they'll be able to track them down through the phone calls they will make.
Hugh is in good spirits but one of his eyes is swelling up this morning so we're off to see doctor Nigel.