Elderly woman injured in apparent 'happy slapping'By David Millward
December 05, 2012
An elderly woman suffered a fractured eye after being knocked to the ground in a possible 'happy slapping' attack.
The woman was walking along the path in Chalfont Park, Lower Earley, at about 11.45am on Monday when the incident happened.
She passed two teenage boys as she walked along the park, near to Marks and Spencer, when she felt a sharp blow between her shoulder-blades and fell to the ground.
Her attacker ran away and the woman managed to get to a nearby house for help.
She was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital for treatment to a fractured right eye, which was swollen shut, cuts and bruises to her face and a bleeding nose. She has now been discharged.
Nothing was stolen in the assault and police believe it may have been a so called 'happy slapping' where strangers are attacked and the incident is recorded on a mobile phone.
Police would like to speak to the two youths on the path who were described as in their mid-teens, slim and wearing black hooded tops.
PC Julie Susel, from Loddon Valley police station, said: "I am incensed by this unprovoked and senseless attack on an elderly lady who was taking a walk in the middle of the day in a park area.
"The victim has suffered serious injuries and this crime has sent shock waves through her family.
"She is a loving grandmother and is devastated by the injuries to her face, as she doesn't want to upset her husband, daughters and grandchildren."
She continued: "My fear is that this could have been a so called 'happy slapping' in which case the offender may brag about this horrible assault to their friends.
"I would urge anyone who has any information about who is responsible for this attack or knows anything that may help with the investigation to contact me."
Call PC Susel on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.