1. ITV Report

Family guilty of 'savage' attack on 16-year-old boy

A Family who savagely attacked a 16-year-old lad they accused of throwing stones at their home have been found guilty of their sickening crime.

Gareth Attwood, 21, and Andrew Attwood, 46, from Fens Crescent – along with 23-year-old Aaron Attwood Westwood Street, Brierley Hill, were yesterday found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday.

The verdict comes after a seven day trial in which the jury heard how on July 15 last year, the trio attacked the boy and his friend, 19, on Fenns Pool Nature Reserve, Pensnett.

The teen and his friend had fled to the reserve at around 3:15pm having been chased there by the Attwood men who accused them of throwing stones at the family home on Fens Crescent.

In the savage attack, the 16-year-old from Kingswinford was left unconscious having been held down and battered with bricks, sticks and a baseball bat. His jaw and a finger were broken and a tooth was knocked out. His back and arm were also severely bruised.

His friend sustained non-serious injuries to his legs.

Just moments before the attack, witnesses described seeing the terrified teens being pursued by the three who were shouting abuse at them.

Detective Constable John Horrobin investigated the crime. He said:

While the Attwood men tried to initially deny any involvement in the attack, the jury were presented with an overwhelming body of evidence compiled by police.

Thanks to the bravery of the two teenagers and other witnesses, Gareth and Aaron Attwood, along with their father Andrew, were identified as the attackers.

"I hope the fact that all three have been found guilty will give the victim’s some sense of justice and help them move on from their frightening ordeal.