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Stafford College student battered by thugs in unprovoked attack

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

Stafford College student battered by thugs in unprovoked attack

Stafford College student battered by thugs in unprovoked attack

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A TEENAGER was jumped on by yobs in an unprovoked attack as he made his way home from Stafford College in the middle of the afternoon.

Conner Felton, 17, was left with severe swelling, cuts and bruises on his face after the thugs attacked him in Queensway in Brereton, Rugeley, on Tuesday.

The gang shouted abuse at the teen, who is studying A levels at Stafford College, so he ignored them and carried on walking.

But a few seconds later he was hit on the head from behind. Conner tried to fight them off and a woman who was walking past at around 2.45pm shouted at them to leave him alone.

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The yobs stopped for a minute but then attacked him a second time. Conner managed to fight back again and get away. He was later taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and is now recovering at his Brereton home.

He said: “I was shocked. They weren’t trying to rob me or anything, it just seemed as though they were doing it for no reason.

“When they hit me I hit back at them. I got away from them and called the police but I was bleeding and in pain. I can’t open my one eye as my face is all swollen.

“I often walk that route and have never had any trouble. I’m not nervous about walking there again but I am angry.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything to contact the police.”

Conner’s mum Hayley Felton, 40, who runs a hair salon in Milford and once lived on the notorious James Turner Street in Birmingham, which appeared on the TV documentary show Benefits Street, said: “It is unbelievable that something like this can happen in broad daylight completely unprovoked. I hope the police catch them.”

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