Furious mothers whose children have been attacked by gangs of feral youths say they are having to resort to vigilantism in a bid to keep their teenagers safe from violent thugs running amok in lawless Britain.
Incensed parents say they are now being forced to take matters into their own hands and patrol their local park following a string of nasty attacks on their children.
Shocking footage shows the moment the victims, some as young as 11, are brutally set upon by the teen thugs.
The videos have emerged because, in a sick twist, the unrestrained yobs are filming the incidents in order to post them online as a frightening ritual of humiliation.
As many as eight parents in the town of Chorley, Lancashire, say their children have been attacked by the gangs in the last year.
In a particularly frightening incident, one mother, whose daughter was attacked, said she was told that her teenager could have been one blow away from losing her life.
But frustrated parents have now reached their wits-end with police, who they have accused of failing to take action. And they say they are now resorting to patrolling parks in order to keep their children say.
Furious mothers whose children have been attacked by gangs of feral youths say they are having to resort to vigilantism in a bid to keep their teenagers safe in lawless Britain. Pictured: One of the mothers, Leana, whose 11-year-old daughter, Indie, was attacked in the park
Shocking video shows the moment the victims, some as young as 11, are brutally set upon by the teen thugs. Video shows 11-year-old Ellissia being attacked by a gang of thug girls in a subway
Another girl, 14-year-old Bethany, was attacked in April last year. She managed to ring her mother during the attack, which was filmed and put up on social media. Pictured: The attack on Bethany
One parent, whose child was videoed being repeatedly kicked while down on the floor, says her family waiting for an outcome from police four months after the attack.
Another claims that police took four days to record a statement, despite the incident being on video.
In perhaps the most shocking example, one parent claimed police told her that they would only arrest the attackers if her daughter’s injuries were ‘more serious’.
Speaking to the BBC, one parent said: ‘I can’t believe it has come to this. I understand why it has, because our children are not being protected.
‘If my daughter is down here, I’ve got to do the police’s job and I’ve got to make sure she’s okay.’
Another said: ‘Look what we are having to resort to. We trust the police to be there to protect our children.
‘And because they can’t do that, we are going to have to do it. It’s up to the parents to do it.’
Another added: ‘There’s plenty of parents who want to take this into their own hands and obviously at this point they haven’t done, and I’m glad they haven’t done, but something’s got to give.’
It comes after the BBC spoke to parents in Chorley whose children were violently assaulted by the gangs of feral youths.
One video shows 11-year-old Ellissia being attacked by a gang of thug girls in a subway.
Her mother, Jade, said of the attack: ‘They’re just brutal. It’s horrific watching (the video).
One video shows 11-year-old Ellissia being attacked by a gang of thug girls in a subway. Her mother, Jade, said of the attack: ‘They’re just brutal. It’s horrific watching (the video).’
One boy suffered one of the worst attacks. He was beaten to the ground by a group of thugs in the street (pictured)
As many as eight parents in the town of Chorley, Lancashire, say their children have been attacked by the gangs in the last year. Pictured: Parents have protested outside their local police station
‘I feel like she’s just a baby. And that’s your baby on that floor. I’m just so angry with them.’
One the same day, 11-year-old Indie, was attacked in the same park.
Her mother, Leanna, says she headed straight to the Chorley Police Station to report what had happened.
However she claims that when she asked to see an officer, she was told that no-one was available to see her. She claims officers took four days to take a statement.
She said: ‘I was gobsmacked, in disbelief really.’
Two of those involved in the attack later received a voluntary caution.
Another girl, 14-year-old Bethany, was attacked in April last year. She managed to ring her mother during the attack, which was filmed and put up on social media.
Lisa said: ‘They punched her numerous times and stamped on her head. They all took turns.
‘The doctor actually said that one more stamp to the head would have most likely taken her life.’
Lisa says the police were called, via 999, as the assault was happening. But she says no-one turned up for 48 hours.
She said it took weeks for Bethany’s attackers to be arrested. Two of the girls involved have now written a letter of apology after being given a conditional caution.
She said: ‘I got the impression the police believed it was pointless – that nothing will come of it.’
MailOnline contacted Lancashire Police for a comment, but did not respond in time for publication.
A spokesperson for the force told the BBC: ‘We regularly run operations aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour as part of our aim to deliver an outstanding service to the public and build confidence.”
It comes amid increasing pressure on police up and down to get back control on lawless Britain.
London, in particular, has seen a swathe of terrifying muggings caught on camera, including a video showing a man and a woman being attacked by robbers in upmarket Chelsea.
There have also been a number of incidents involving thieves and drug dealers disguised in delivery driver uniforms while committing crime.
Last month, video emerged of a grandfather being punched and hit with a metal chain while bravely confronting masked yobs outside his home.
Video shows Roy Muller (pictured), 76, being struck with a weapon and repeatedly punched and kicked as he tries to remove the unruly youths from his driveway in Great Barr, Birmingham
A brave elderly woman armed herself with a stick to help confront masked knifemen who had stolen a £60,000 Rolex from a woman in the street in Chelsea, west London
Video shows a rider stopping in traffic and smashing the sports car’s passenger side with a hammer on Hyde Park Corner, Mayfair last week
Video shows Roy Muller, 76, being struck with a weapon and repeatedly punched and kicked as he tries to remove the unruly youths from the driveway of his home in Great Barr, Birmingham.
The grandfather-of-nine says he was forced to defend his property from the aggressive youths, having been targeted by gangs of anti-social yobs for months.
Roy, who lives alone and suffered a heart attack last year, says ‘uninterested’ police have failed to act – despite him being targeted by up to 14 youths on a daily basis.
Mr Muller says he is now too scared to leave his home and has written to West Midlands Police’s Chief Constable Sir David Thompson in a last ditch plea for help.
Police say they are investigating the assault and are also ‘aware’ of reports of ongoing anti-social behaviour. The force insists it takes allegations of harassment ‘incredibly seriously’.
It comes after a damning report found how the vast majority of burglary victims – as well as those targeting by thieves and robbers – are being let down by the police.
Officers are ‘missing opportunities’ to catch suspects from the moment crimes are reported, the report concludes.
The latest Home Office figures show that just 3.7 per cent of burglaries, 4.2 per cent of thefts and 6.6 per cent of robberies result in a charge.
Chief Inspector of Constabulary Andy Cooke said on Thursday that these are ‘not minor crimes’ and they ‘strike at the heart of how safe people feel in their own homes and communities’.
He said the low charging rates were damaging confidence in the police and has ordered a ‘back-to-basics’ approach amid fears that sloppy investigations mean victims ‘aren’t getting the justice they deserve’.
The latest Home Office data shows that fewer than 10 per cent of burglaries lead to a charge (this data includes robberies, burglaries and thefts)
Chief Inspector of Constabulary Andy Cooke says these are ‘not minor crimes’ and they ‘strike at the heart of how safe people feel in their own homes and communities’
The low charging rates are ‘unacceptable and unsustainable’, according to a devastating audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Its bombshell report comes amid increasing concern that police are putting too much focus on ‘woke’ issues and not enough on crimes that shatter people’s lives.
The report found success rates for securing charges on burglaries, thefts and robberies varied wildly from force to force, creating an unacceptable ‘postcode lottery’ for victims.
It pointed to a national detective shortage and a large number of inexperienced officers as contributing factors.
The report also cited pressure on 999 call handlers, meaning some gathered only the bare minimum of information from victims.
Inspectors found that in 71 per cent of burglary reports, call handlers failed to give victims any advice on crime scene preservation – meaning vital forensic evidence could be lost.
Mr Cooke said: ‘A lack of experienced officers means that too often, these crimes are being investigated poorly and are not adequately supervised – often because supervisors themselves are inexperienced and overstretched.’
Almost a third of officers in England and Wales have less than five years’ experience but in a third of cases there was insufficient supervision, the report says, resulting in missed opportunities including intelligence gathering and linking cases.
Some forces can take six months to return fingerprint identifications, which can rule out prosecutions in magistrates’ courts due to statutory time limits – rendering an entire investigation useless.
And compliance with the code of practice for victims – the minimum standard victims should expect – was inadequate in almost half of investigations, the audit found.
Mr Cooke said: ‘There needs to be a concerted drive to address this issue because it directly affects the public’s confidence in the police’s ability to keep them safe. At the moment, depending on where in England and Wales they live, some victims are more likely than others to get a thorough investigation from their force. This postcode lottery can’t be justified.’
Mr Cooke said simple measures – such as visiting a burglary victim in person – could go a long way in reassuring the public that the police were taking action. Among the report’s recommendations are that forces should ensure crime-scene management practices are brought up to the recommended standard by next March.
Forces should also ensure that supervisors have the capability and capacity to properly oversee investigations.