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'I was terrified' - brave teenager speaks out following Thorpe Marriott attack ordeal

PUBLISHED: 08:49 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:49 09 June 2018

Drewray Drive, Thorpe Marriott. PIC: Peter Walsh

Drewray Drive, Thorpe Marriott. PIC: Peter Walsh

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A teenager has been left with a fractured cheekbone and two broken ribs following a terrifying attack as she walked alone in Thorpe Marriott.

The 17-year-old had been going to visit her mum’s friend to walk her dog when she was set upon on the cut through from Winners Walk to Drewray Drive.

The teen, who wants to remain anonymous, said: “There was no-one around the area but I got to the cut through and someone grabbed my right arm and then I got punched in the face and twice in the stomach.

“My phone fell out of my pocket but they didn’t attempt to take anything.

“It was a shock. I was terrified.

“I ran home as quickly as I could.

“I suffer with anxiety and had a panic attack as I struggled home.”

The girl’s parents called 999 after she told them about her ordeal.

Police are investigating the attack which happened shortly before 7pm on Wednesday, June 6.

The victim said the attack came completely out of the blue.

She said there were three male voices although she could only remember seeing two men, one who was wearing black jeans and the other wearing grey jogging bottoms. Both were wearing black tops.

She said: “I didn’t see anyone until the attack.

“They were speaking to each other but I’m not sure what they were saying.”

The teenager has issued a plea to anyone with information about what happened to come forward to police or her family to stop other people from being hurt.

She said: “If it happened to me it could happen again.”

The victim’s mother, who also does not want to be named, said she wanted to warn others as part of their appeal for information.

She said: “We just want to make people aware and to be more vigilant in the area.

“People just need to be aware what’s happened.”

She added: “She suffers from anxiety anyway so this hasn’t done her any good.

Anyone with any information about the attack should contact Norfolk police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Have you got a crime story? Email Crime Correspondent peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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