Four teenagers, of which two 15-year-olds and two 17-year-olds allegedly threw eggs and flour at a disabled woman. They had been arrested in connection with the incident, but have been released on bail.
After the alleged assault, a photo emerged on social media showing the young people laughing and smirking at the vulnerable disabled woman as they stood behind her while she was covered in flour and visibly distressed.
According to the Suffolk police, the assault took place after a ‘verbal altercation’ at Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, U.K.
Their official statement reads:
“Police investigating the assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds have released four males from custody.”
The police stated that the incident occurred at around 17:30 local time on Friday, 27 July in St Olaves Road, when the 40-year-old woman was assaulted by the group of teenagers. They threw eggs and flour over her, and she was severely distressed by the incident. She was not physically harmed.
One 17-year-old boy and two 15-year-olds were arrested in connection with the incident but later released on bail pending further inquiries. Another 17-year-old boy was arrested the next day and taken into custody for questioning, and he was also released on bail pending further inquiries.
The image that was shared on the social media sparked anger in many users, and some people were claiming that the young group of men should be hunted down.
Police Inspector Anthony Bridgland stated after the incident:
“This type of behavior is totally unacceptable, and we are treating the matter seriously.”
He went on to add that they are aware of the anger and concern both in the local community and online, and they would like to reassure everyone that they are tackling the matter robustly and they are supporting the victim.
Katherine Brame, a friend of the victim wrote on her Facebook account that the victim is now ‘safe’. She added that the incident made her devastated and very sad, but the lady in question needs her privacy and suffers from an unseen illness.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Suffolk Police on 101 and quote the reference 42206/18.