Police investigate assault on teen at rugby

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old Warriors fan was punched so hard his teeth fell out after his side’s game with Warrington.

The victim and a group of friends were at the match at the DW Stadium last Thursday when they noticed a group of youths – also Wigan supporters – glaring at them.

Later, when the victim and his friends were leaving the stadium out of the South Stand, one of the earlier group approached and asked the victim if he had enjoyed the game.

The youth then punched the victim with such force that he knocked out several of his teeth. The offender then ran off in the direction of the River Douglas.

A 16-year-old boy has since been arrested on suspicion of Section 20 assault GBH.

Detective Constable Kevin Telford said: “This was a cowardly and unprovoked attack on a young boy who was simply trying to enjoy a match with his friends.

“The poor victim was punched with such force that he lost several teeth and will require prolonged dental treatment.

“The attack took place directly outside exits SX03 and SX04 in the South Stand of the DW Stadium and we need people who believe they may have seen something to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police on 0161 857 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.