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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Hounded out by thugs

A FAMILY claim they are being hounded out of Haltwhistle after their teenager son was beaten unconscious by a gang of thugs.

The unprovoked attack left 18-year-old Ayden Alderson facing thousands of pounds worth of dental work, as well as needing brain scans.

The brutal assault followed an equally vicious attack on Ayden’s father, Steven, earlier in the year.

The double assault has now left the Alderson family feeling they are being hounded out of the South Tyne capital.

Ayden’s mother Nicola said this week: “Our family has suffered enough.

“We just don’t want to live here now, not after this.

“I don’t understand is what would make someone do this to a person who is unconscious and defenceless.

“I makes me feel sick to think about it and really unsettled here.”

The attack happened on Saturday, August 28, just a week after Ayden had celebrated his 18th birthday.

He was on his way home from a barbecue at a farm on the outskirts of the town with his friends when the thugs pounced.

Nicola said: “I dropped Ayden and three friends off at about 9pm, and asked if they wanted me to pick them up, but they had already arranged for another friend to bring them home.

“The next thing I knew, there was banging on the door and one of Ayden’s friends burst in and said he had been beaten up and was unconscious.”

Ayden was kicked and punched by the gang as he lay on the ground, before his friends managed to bundle him into a car and get away.

Ayden was rushed to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary by ambulance where he spent the rest of the night undergoing treatment.

“Initially they thought he had broken his jaw because the swelling and bruising were so bad,” said Nicola.

“He had a huge lump on one side of his face and bleeding wounds the shape of a footprint.”

Ayden is now recovering at home, and his family are hopeful his wounds won’t leave any permanent scars.

Nicola said: “He can’t remember anything after feeling someone or something hit him from behind until he got to hospital,

“He was unconscious the whole time.”

The apprentice joiner is now coming to terms with the fact he will need thousands of pounds worth of work to repair his damaged teeth, as well as treatment to his facial injuries.

But this is not the first ordeal the Aldersons have been through since moving to Haltwhistle from Allenheads three years ago.

In a completely separate and unprovoked attack, Ayden’s father, Steven, was left bruised and shaken after he was attacked from behind as he collected a Chinese takeaway on New Year’s Day.

Nicola said: “Ayden is a typical teenager and probably won’t admit it, but this has left him very nervous and understandably self-conscious.

“He has two younger sisters, and if anything like this ever happened to the girls, I would be mortified.”

Ayden’s sisters, Emily (15) and Katie (13) are both pupils at Haydon Bridge High School, where he also studied until leaving school at 16 to pursue a career as a joiner.

Police investigating the attack are urging witnesses to come forward.

DC Shaun Atherton, from Hexham CID, said: “I would ask anyone who heard or saw anything, however small, to get in touch.”

Hexham CID can be contacted on (0345) 604 043 ext 61445 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Four men aged between 16 and 19 have been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

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