A community has been rocked by a shocking attack on a family who were in a cemetery mourning the death of their stillborn child.
A man, his three children and a family friend were by the lake at Highwoods Country Park in Colchester, when a group of people started making comments to them. An argument followed, before the family was attacked, the father being kicked and punched to the ground in front of his three children, who range in ages between 11 and 17. The family friend, a woman in her 40s, was punched in the face and suffered broken fingers. The three children suffered minor injuries in the attack which happened at approximately 6.30pm on the evening on 23rd July.
The police made six arrests, including two youths aged only 14, following the attack, which occurred just hours after the family had buried their stillborn baby girl.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Yusseff Rahmani-Manesh said: “This was an appalling incident, where the victims had buried their daughter that morning after she was tragically stillborn. They attended the Country Park during the early evening in order to hold their own private ceremony, where they intended to release balloons in their daughter’s memory. This traumatic, emotional and private act was destroyed by a group who took it upon themselves to target a grieving family and deliberately burst the sacred balloons before then going on to assault the family.” Police have urged anyone with any information about the attack to contact them.