A little boy has been left with facial injuries, including a black eye after a cruel group of four teenage boys threw apples at him.


Corey Chesterton was having fun playing with his sister, seven-year-old sister Macey and cousins Alsie, six, and Millie, ten, when they were attacked in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on Tuesday.


The kids were in Washbourne Park, Whitnash, close to Corey’s aunt’s home when the attack occurred.


Mum Kirsty Chesterton, 29, said: “I was at my sister’s house helping her make the tea when we heard screaming coming from the park”.


The trainee midwife explained: “The kids came running back in tears and there was blood running down Corey’s face. They said a group of lads, aged between 12 and 14, had ambushed them.



“Apparently they’d been throwing apples at them and really aiming at them. I think they’d been picking them off the tree and throwing them at the kids.


“When Corey was hit in the face the group ran away. By the time I got to the park they’d gone”.


A furious Kirsty decided to post photos of Corey’s injuries on Facebook in an attempt to find the boys responsible.


 “Please share and help me find who did this to my boy!!! He is four years old and in a lot of pain!!! Thanks,” she wrote alongside close-up photos of the little boy’s swollen purple eye.


Kirsty reported the incident to the authorities but said she was criticised by social services who said she shouldn’t have let her son go to the park without an adult.



She told The Metro: “I’ve had Social Services basically saying I’m a bad mother because I wasn’t with Corey in the park.


“I think that’s terrible because I was 15 seconds away at my sister’s house. I just want to give him a free childhood like I had.


“He was with his ten-year-old cousin who is very responsible. I’ve reported the incident to the police. I just hope the boys are caught. Corey could have been blinded”.


A statement from Warwickshire Police: “The incident happened on Tuesday (July 25) at a park on Washbourne Road, where it was reported that a four-year-old boy had been hit by an apple that was thrown at his face by an unknown offender.



“The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a bruised cheek.


“It is believed that the offender was a part of a group, described as teenagers, who made off in an unknown direction after the incident”.


Anyone who has information is asked to call 101 and quote incident 341 of 25 July.