Police arrest violent attacker from viral video

Wednesday, 28th September 2016

STAFFORDSHIRE police have confirmed that an arrest has been made in relation to an assault which occurred in Amington on Monday, 26 September.

A 15-year-old girl, who we cannot name for legal reasons has been arrested in connection with the assault of a girl – the footage of which was posted onto social media yesterday (Tuesday).

The arrest was made this morning, Wednesday, as part of an ongoing police investigation.

Police are keen to inform local residents that the matter is being taken seriously.  They have stepped up a visible presence in the area today.

Member of the public are being asked not to share the footage any further.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson has said:

“Officers are continuing to support the 13-year-old victim, who was treated in hospital for minor injuries and is now recovering at home. She is receiving appropriate support and her family are supportive of our investigation.

“We appreciate footage of the assault is in circulation and it is distressing. We would ask people not to share it any further on social media.

“Officers investigating the incident have seen the footage and it does form part of our investigation.

“We would like to take this opportunity to reassure our communities that such incidents in Tamworth, and Staffordshire as a whole, are rare.

“An increased, visible police presence has been implemented in the Tamworth area to provide reassurance to the local community.”

Tamworth Informed request that the persons involved are not named on our media channels. Our thoughts are with the victim and her family.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police on 101, or speak to the officers on patrol.

You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.