Bristol NHS worker left feeling 'violated' after attack by youths with slingshot

Credit: Bristol Live

An NHS worker says she is frightened to leave her home in Bristol after being subjected to a terrifying attack by a gang of youths.

Lisa Ferrari was out on her daily walk when she encountered a group of around eight young people on bikes, who had gathered at the entrance to Badocks Wood in Southmead.

The incident happened at Badocks Wood in Southmead at around 3pm on Monday, May 4. Credit: Bristol Live

The 51-year-old said was wearing her NHS badge and lanyard when she tried to walk through the group of youths.

As she did so one assaulted her from behind and then, as she ran off, he used a slingshot to fire a rock at her, hitting her in the back.

Police have issued an appeal to find the offenders, and Lisa said she wanted parents in the area to ensure their children stay in and don’t gather in groups during the lockdown.

Lisa works as a bank admin staff at Southmead Hospital who have been supporting elderly and vulnerable people in her street. Credit: Bristol Live

I just shuffled past them in the gate. I didn’t really say anything to them, just a cheery ‘excuse me lads, coming through’ sort of thing. There was a really weird, cold silence and they all stared at me.

Lisa Ferrari

Lisa ended up in Westbury-on-Trym. “I saw a man and his son, and just broke down to him, he was very kind and called the police,” she added.

The police officers took Lisa home and have now begun an investigation.

I've been violated.

Lisa Ferrari

We are investigating reports of an assault in Badocks Wood, in Southmead on Monday, May 4.

Spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police