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Appeal to catch knife ‘monsters’

THESE were the horrific injuries inflicted on 18-year-old Shaun Aplin during an unprovoked attack in Solihull on Friday.

THESE were the horrific injuries inflicted on 18-year-old Shaun Aplin during an unprovoked attack in Solihull on Friday.

The scared teen was set upon by about 15 youths, in the early hours, on Lode Lane and slashed with a Stanley knife.

He had been at the Loft Solihull (Rosies) with his girlfriend and some work mates, before leaving them to walk home alone to Campden Green.

Shaun said he was “scared for his life” during the attack, which occurred at about 1.30am on Friday, August 13.

“I saw a lad run out of the park by Hermitage Road with a grey hoodie on and out of the blue he just hit me in the face,” said Shaun, who works as a plumber and will begin college in September.

“I pushed him away and he ran off, then 30 seconds later about 15 kids came from the park and chased me.

“I was punched and kicked to the ground. Then they pinned me down and one of them got out this Stanley knife and started slashing at my face.

“I was scared for my life. They must have run off when they saw the blood.”

Shaun then rang his mum and ran home with blood dripping from his face. He had a number of cuts to his face, narrowly missing his eye.

Shaun’s father David, described his son’s attackers as ‘monsters’, and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“My lad survived this attack, but another family might not be so lucky,” he said.

“I personally won’t rest until these monsters have been brought to justice.”

Shaun describes the first boy as being white, about 16-years-old, wearing a dark and light grey ‘Nike Airmax’ tracksuit, about 5ft 8in tall and of medium build.

A police spokesperson said they were conducting house to house inquiries and are looking through CCTV footage to find the culprits.

Anyone with information about the attack should call PC Shuter on 0345 113 5000 (ext 7921 6943).

 

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