Girl, 13, ‘strangled, punched and burned’ by teen gang while walking to school

A 13-year-old girl says she was ‘strangled, punched and burned’ by a cruel teenage gang while walking to school.

Alisha Anderson, from Bransholme, Hull, says she has been left with burns to her face and suffering from depression after the attacks.

The year nine pupil who attends Kingswood Academy, was reportedly first attacked on a footpath as she walked to school on the morning of September 6.

She says an older girl strangled her for around 90 seconds as two others watched and egged her on, reports Hull Live .

Alisha was saved by a woman passing by who alarmed the alleged attackers and caused them to flee, the schoolgirl said.

Describing the first encounter, Alisha said: “They just strangled me for no reason. They were saying I had been picking on someone even though I haven’t. When I asked them who they wouldn’t tell me.

“I had a red mark on my neck which turned into bruising. I went to school as normal after that and told the teacher who rang my dad.”

Alisha was targeted once again on Sunday, September 9, by the same group of girls who punched her in the face at around 4pm after chasing her down Biggin Avenue.

Then, on Wednesday, September 12, the gang, which Alisha says is made up of 17-year-olds, attacked her again by pinning her down in an underpass near Cleeve School and holding a lighter to her hand and her face.

After three attacks in seven days, Alisha is now too terrified to leave the family home and the sequence of events has made her depressed.

She said: “It was very scary to have that happen to me and I am scared to go outside in case these girls find me. I can’t go outside my own house without getting hurt.

“It’s made me upset and depressed. I just want them to go away.”

Alisha’s father Damian Colville, 43, who has posted about the attacks on Facebook and informed Humberside Police, says his daughter has been targeted after vicious rumours were spread about her by former friends.

The dad-of-five said: “Ex friends of hers have been spreading rumours that she has beaten a five or six-year-old bain and we’ve had gangs of 10 to 20 people outside my door before.

“It’s not true at all because if it was I would have definitely had one of their parents or somebody here but we’ve had nobody and no police here.

“It’s just annoying and there is no need for it, especially when she has done nothing to anybody."

Mr Colville said he is now constantly worried about his daughter’s wellbeing and fears for her safety whenever she ventures outside from the family home.

“I’m terrified for her,” he said. “I don’t know if she will come back safe if I send her to the local shop.

“If I can’t make it to follow her to school or take her there myself she has to go on her own. I’m having to try and swap things over and change things about so I can take her.

“It’s disgusting and if these girls can do what they have already done with no feelings whatsoever it just makes you wonder what else they are capable of. Next time they could be breaking her arms or legs and if she gets that depressed she could end up taking her own life.

“She is already getting angry quicker with her brothers and sisters compared to how she used to and it’s just frustrating. You want your children to be able to get on with their lives but she’s not able to do that.”

Determined to find the culprits, Mr Colville is logging every incident with Humberside Police who are investigating the series of attacks made against Alisha. He says he will not rest until they are found and he had this message for the group of girls targeting his daughter.

“They need to just leave her alone,” Mr Colville said. “She has not done what they are saying and if she had I would have had the police here.

“You need to give it up and let her get on with her life.”

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Police are looking into the attacks on Alisha and anyone with information which could help them with their investigations is encouraged to come forward and speak.

A spokeswoman said: "We are looking into reports of two assaults on a 13-year-old girl in the Biggin Avenue area of Hull on Thursday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 12.

"Investigations are underway and we would encourage anyone with any information that has not already spoken to us to call 101 quoting investigation 16/95309/18."

People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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