Echoes Of Bulger Case As Children Try To Kill Boy, 5
A GROUP of children aged 11
and 12, including two girls, abducted and tried to hang a
year-old boy in a wood in West
Yorkshire, police said yesterday.
Police refused to officially confirm the murder attempt, but
officers said the boy had been
strung up on the bough of a tree
and survived only because the
rope either broke or came loose.
The children face charges of
The case is certain to further
inflame concerns in Britain
about a youthful "yobbish" culture that sometimes seems out
of control, with sub-teens becoming a serious concern.
Anthony Hinchliffe suffered
horrific ligature-type marks
around his neck after being abducted from his mother's
garden in Dewsbury, police said.
He was apparently hanged from
a low bough in nearby woods in
a spot known as Devil's Ditch.
After somehow getting free, he
was found, confused and deeply
distressed, by a cousin, Tracey
The crime brought back terrible memories for Britons of the
abduction and murder of
toddler James Bulger by two
10-year-old boys, Robert
Thompson and Jon Venables, in
1993. The two were convicted
and jailed, but have since been
Police said they had arrested
two girls aged 11 and 12 and
three boys, two aged 12 and one
aged 11, in relation to the attempted hanging of Anthony.
Three more children were also
Details only began to emerge
24 hours after Anthony was
found with the rope marks on
his neck and severe bruising to
his body, as if he had either been
beaten or resisted as the children tried to hang him.
He had been playing with a
local girl he knew in his mother's
front yard, not far from the
woods. He played there regularly and never strayed, a
Tracey Jones said the boy had
been taken by the girl he was
playing with and she met up
with a group of other children
she described as a gang of kids.
West Yorkshire police said:
"Anthony's injuries look quite
horrific - there were a number
of bruises to his body and marks
around his neck."
Anthony was released from
hospital and allowed to go home
with his mother.
Adelaide Advertiser (3-6-2005)