Brave Tamara, 13, hit in face by teenage bullies' football in city park
By Bodger21 | Thursday, April 11, 2013, 14:57
Facial injuries: Tamara Lenczuk, 13.
Brave Tamara Lenczuk was left with a bloodied face and memory loss after teenage bullies kicked a football at her.
The 13-year-old confronted three older boys who were tormenting her eight-year-old pal Chemmie, with whom she had gone to Alma Park to play with, along with Chemmie's older sister Jess, 15.
But moments later the bullies struck Tamara's face with a football, knocking her to the ground.
"It is all a bit of a blur," said Tamara. "I remember going to play with my friends and something hitting me really quickly, but I don't remember falling.
"The next thing I knew I was nearly home and had blood all over me. It really hurt but I'm getting better."
Her distraught mum Charmaine Hughes said Tamara came into their Dorney Road home on Sunday around 2pm with injuries to her face, hands and knees.
The mother-of-four said: "She asked them [the three boys] to stop bullying her friend.
"Chemmie got on her scooter and Tamara got on her bike and the next minute they [the boys] kicked a ball in her face, which sent her flying.
"I was horrified when she walked in. You don't expect your daughter to come home like that."
Tamara received stitches to her face at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital's accident and emergency department.
She is now recuperating at home with a bruised face, but has not been able to attend Beaufort Community School at Tuffley for three days.
Her mum Charmaine is now desperate to find out who the boys were.
She said: "Tamara is resting at home but thankfully my mum used to be a nurse so she knows how to deal with treating wounds.
"I really want to find whoever did this. There must have been someone who saw something."
The friends believe the teenagers were all aged 16 to 18, two were white and one mixed race.
Gloucestershire Police said they cannot say for certain whether the kicking of the ball was accidental or deliberate, but they had a report of three teenage boys earlier intimidating the girls.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 375 of April 7.