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Thug attacks student as he gets off bus in London Road, Leigh – and smashes his guitar
A TEENAGER was subjected to a vicious unprovoked attack in broad daylight in Leigh.
Callum Brown, 17, had just stepped off the bus home from school when a middle-aged man hit him from the side – fracturing his eye socket.
The thug then took Callum’s prized guitar and stamped on it, breaking it in the process.
He said: “It all happened so fast really.
“I’d just got off the No.1 bus, that takes a lot of Deanes students back home, and out of nowhere I heard someone say something like “Do you knowmy daughter?” and as I turned to look at him, he hit me – it must have been with his right fist.
“Then he grabbed my guitar and he stamped on it and broke it.”
The fearful teenager, who said he lost vision in one eye temporarily, grabbed his broken instrument from the ground and ran off before the man could inflict anymore damage.
The attack happened on Wednesday last week, just before 4pm, near the Waitrose store, in London Road, Leigh.
Callum, a sixth former at King John School, in Thundersley, had tests on his injury on Friday which showed it could be months before he feels sensation in his face properly again.
It was the first time for several months he had taken his guitar to school.
His mother, Sally Brown, 43, said: “We think it must have been a case of mistaken identity – either that or he was just trying to get Callum’s attention with what he said.”
Brave Callum said he wanted to speak out because he fears the man could attack someone else.
He said: “I don’t want him to do it to anyone else. If he could do this to me, he could do it to any member of the public.”
The attacker was described as a white man in his forties or fifties, about 6ft tall, and wearing a black jacket and flat cap.
Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101.
Callum’s school have already rallied round and raised more than £250 to help him get a new guitar.
Teachers informed students at King John School, in Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, the acoustic guitar, worth £300, was destroyed in the incident last week, and within two days the youngsters had raised the money for him.
Headteacher Margaret Wilson said: “Callum is a really nice lad and the minute our students heard his guitar had been wrecked, they took it on themselves to help him get a new one.
“I’m really delighted they would help him out in this way. So far, they’ve raised £253.
“Our recent Ofsted inspection said we were a happy school where students look out for each other and this is more evidence of that.”
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