Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Held for Attack on Boy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Held for Attack on Boy

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Byline: By Weskey Johnson

A five-year-old boy found with "horrific" ligature-type marks around his neck had been taken from his mother's garden, it emerged last night.

Anthony Mark Hinchliffe was led to nearby woods where he was injured.

Detectives, who are treating the incident as attempted murder, have refused to confirm reports that the youngster sustained his injuries through being hanged.

The youngster was discovered by his 22-year-old cousin Tracey Jones close to his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday night.

As well as the ligature marks there was bruising on his body.

Four local children ( two girls aged 11 and 12 and two boys aged 11 and 12 ( were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, a West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said.

Later, police confirmed a fifth child, a 12-year-old boy, had been arrested in connection with the incident. More arrests are likely, police said.

A family friend who declined to be named said: "He is a lovely little lad. He used to come round here and we would baby-sit for him.

"I can't say any more but I know the family are devastated by what has happened."

No-one answered the door at the family home in Chickenley yesterday afternoon.

Both the upstairs and downstairs curtains were drawn and there was no sign of anyone being at home.

The boy's father, who does not live with the youngster's mother, had earlier turned up at the property to visit his son, not realising that he was being interviewed by police.

Talking about the incident to ITV's Calendar News, he said: "He was taken to some woods and I don't know the rest of it."

Speaking at Dewsbury Police Station, Detective Superintendent Andy Brennan said the young victim had not been related to any of his attackers.

He said: "What we would hope to gain by interviewing him today and this evening would be to establish how he came by those injuries. …

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