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Boy, 13, left with broken nose after alleged assault outside city centre shop


A 13-year-old boy was left with a “broken nose” and “bloody face” after an alleged assault in Swansea city centre.

Having visited a nearby cinema on December 28 at around 6.10pm, Travis James Flood was waiting alongside his girlfriend when a group of strangers approached and reportedly landed a single punch on the young boy.

South Wales Police have confirmed the reported incident and said inquiries were being made to ascertain the full circumstances.

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Travis was left with a broken nose

Posting on social media the boy’s mother Stephanie Pirie shared a shocking image of the damage caused to her son’s face in what was described as a “random attack”.

Travis had decided to delay an earlier lift home at the time of the incident after “not wanting to leave his girlfriend on her own in Swansea” and decided to wait in St Mary’s Square.

While waiting on a bench his mother claims Travis was approached by another group wearing hoods and jackets dressed in black clothing.

It’s claimed one of the group approached the young couple sat on the bench and landed a single punch to Travis’ face, breaking his nose in the process and leaving him with “bleeding all over his face”.

“TJ said they were walking past and one of them asked him why he was looking at them. When he denied looking at them they walked up to him and punched him in the face before running off with the rest of the group.

“It’s heartbreaking. TJ isn’t one to go looking for trouble and he keeps to himself a lot of the time.

“The whole thing hasn’t just left a physical mark, it’s left an emotional one too. He’s so down in the dumps from it all and wants to forget it ever happened.

“He says he doesn’t want to go into the city centre anymore and he’s just not been himself,” Stephanie said.



Stephanie Pirie with her son TJ on Christmas Day

Now the family are coordinating with police and appeals are being made to anyone who was in the area to come forward with any further information.

“It worries me – what if it was a knife or if the punch was more severe? You hear cases all the time about punches killing people and how could anyone do this?

“When he phoned me his mouth was so full of blood I couldn’t understand him fully and I just assumed the worst – my heart sank.

“We have no idea why it happened – he keeps asking why it happened to him and it’s upsetting to think like that.

“There’s no reason for it and people need to be aware that this happened and be careful themselves,” the 33-year-old said.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police was contacted at 6.45pm on Wednesday, December 28, following reports of an assault on a 13-year-old boy on St Mary’s Square, city centre, Swansea.

“Inquiries are continuing to ascertain the full circumstances behind the incident.”

Anyone with any further information surrounding the incident can contact the police on 101 quoting reference 2100450152.

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