Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother's Anguish over Boy Lynched Bymob of Children; POLICE ARE FORCED TO FREE GIRL SUSPECT HELD AFTER FIVE-YEAR-OLD WAS TORTURED IN WOODLAND

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother's Anguish over Boy Lynched Bymob of Children; POLICE ARE FORCED TO FREE GIRL SUSPECT HELD AFTER FIVE-YEAR-OLD WAS TORTURED IN WOODLAND

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS

A MOTHER has told of her anguish after a gang of children attempted to throttle her fiveyearold son.

Terri Brown wept as she pointed to the rope burns around Anthony Hinchliffe's neck. She said: "Look what they've done to him. They tried to strangle him."

The boy was allegedly led down a steep path from the back garden of his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, to woodland half a mile away by a 12-year-old girl.

There a group of children are believed to have tied a rope around his neck.

The boy has said he was fastened to a tree and that the children "wouldn't let me go".

His injuries are so serious that pol ice are treating the attack on Tuesday evening as attempted murder.

Today a boy and girl, both aged 11, were still being questioned. A girl of 12 was released this morning following an unsuccessful attempt by police at a magistrates' court to get a warrant to detain her further.

Two boys were released earlier today and have been eliminated from the investigation.

Officers searched a house 500 yards from Anthony's home this afternoon and took away several items. The boy was missing for two hours before he was found in a distressed state close to his home.

The boy had been playing on a swing in the back garden as his mother washed dishes in the kitchen. When she called him in for his tea, he had disappeared.

Detective Superintendent Andy Brennan said: "Anthony's injuries were quite horrific.

There were a number of bruises to his body and marks around his neck."

Asked if the boy had been hanged, Mr Brennan replied: "He has marks around his neck which could be consistent with ligature marks."

Anthony's cousin, Tracey Jones, who found him, said the boy told her that an older girl had taken him to the woodlands, known as Devil's Ditch, in Earlsheaton Park. …

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