Boy, 12, headbutted in the face for refusing to hand over his soft drink

Police SUS-150806-131342001
Police SUS-150806-131342001

Horley police have appealed for information after a 12-year-old boy was headbutted in the face for refusing to give up his soft drink.

A police spokesman said two older teenagers attacked two boys as they walked home from school near Balcombe Road at around 3.15pm on Monday last week (October 12).

One headbutted the boy in the face and pushed the other, who was also aged 12.

The attackers approached the school friends in an alleyway after they bought cans of Fanta from a burger van in Balcombe Road.

The assault happened on the path which runs down the side of Gatwick Metro Centre to Cloverfields.

Both attackers were white and aged about 16.

The first was described as about 5ft 4in tall with a clean shaven head with light hair coming through. He had freckles on his face and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a matching top.

The other had short dark hair.

After the attack thay walked off down the alleyway in the direction of the Gatwick Metro Centre.

PC Emily Harrison said: “This was a horrible and upsetting experience for two school boys who were simply walking along the alleyway minding their own business. We are determined to find these two offenders and we’re hoping witnesses will come forward with any information that will help our investigation.”

Call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45150093085 or by using the online reporting system found at

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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