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Schoolboy clubs cage fighter in attack in Brighton park
A schoolboy clubbed a cage fighter round the head with a piece of wood during a savage attack in a city park.
Mark Carling, 32, needed hospital treatment for a nasty gash after the teenager, wearing school uniform, attacked him with a “baseball bat-sized” branch.
The assault happened after Mr Carling, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, went to speak to the boys who were shooting BB pellet guns in Mackie Avenue Park, Brighton on July 3.
He said: “I was at home and I got a hysterical phone call from my housemate’s son who was just walking home with his mate.
“He said he was shot in the park on his way home from school – and he’s only 10, so I went down there to find out what was going on.”
When Mr Carling arrived, he found three teenagers wearing Patcham High School uniform holding replica guns.
He asked them to hand over their weapons, but one of the schoolboys refused.
Mr Carling said: “He started swaggering up to me and swearing.
“Then he picked up a branch the size of a baseball bat and started tearing off the leaves.
“As I turned around to walk away, he smacked me round the head with it. It almost knocked me out.”
Mr Carling had to go to hospital to have the wound stitched up before reporting the incident to Sussex Police.
A force spokeswoman said: “The incident has been logged and is actively being investigated.
"Officers are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry and are doing everything possible to ensure justice is achieved for the victim.”
A spokeswoman for Patcham High School said the attacker was “excluded” after Mr Carling identified him at school.
She said: “On July 4 Mr Carling contacted the school to report a serious incident that had taken place after school the previous afternoon.
“Within 10 minutes of receiving the call Mr Carling was phoned backby the deputy headteacher, Mr Tregear, who immediately invited him into school. During this meeting Mr Carling was able to identify the student involved.
“The student was immediately excluded and his parents informed. The school staff also passed all the relevant information on to the police, who are now involved in the ongoing investigation.”
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