Thousands sign petition after paramedic makes plea following attack on teenager

A paramedic has warned that authorities could be dealing with a death if attacks by thugs in a town are not stopped.

Danny Foulkes
Danny Foulkes

The warning has come from Mark Lewis, who tended to teenager Danny Foulkes after he was attacked in Newtown eight days ago.

Mr Foulkes was left with head injuries during a weekend where five youths were arrested following three separate assaults.

The weekend of chaos prompted Mr Foulkes' father Duncan to start a campaign to get decommissioned CCTV cameras in the town switched back on, and for more police officers to be put on the streets.

A petition has already gathered more than 2,700 signatures this week.

Mr Lewis has warned something much worse could happen if the attacks are not stopped.

Posting on the online petition, Mr Davies said: "I was the ambulance man that attended this incident and I would like to see an end to such incidents.

"Maybe the next time we could be looking at a death due to these thugs.

"Danny was left unresponsive for an unknown length of time, had he not of awoken and been able to call for help, we could be dealing with something much worse, even a murder case."

In another attack two males suffered injuries, and a further male suffered a broken leg after being assaulted on Dolfor Road.

Newtown Town Council are set to discuss the matter of CCTV and policing at their town council meeting later this month.

A council spokesperson said the discussion will be in response to 'obvious local concerns,' following the attacks.

The council had already planned a meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llewellyn in November, to discuss CCTV in the town, after he announced new investment in cameras.

Mr Foulkes is continuing with his campaign, and has welcomed the town council discussions, but insists there is a lot more work still to do.

He said: "We welcome the council’s response to public concerns about community safety and we look forward to working with councillors to achieve the objectives set out in our campaign.

"This is a positive start but there is a huge amount of work to be done to help the police tackle the violence and drug-related issues in the town.

"The commissioner is due to speak to the town council's November meeting, but we feel CCTV reinstatement and police manpower are issues that need to be addressed urgently.

"We are determined to give police the tools and manpower to clampdown on violence and drug crime in Newtown and to make the town safe for everyone."

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed another male juvenile has been arrested on suspicion of ABH, and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Over the weekend in an attempt to clamp down on disorder, a dispersal order under section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was put in place across Newtown, allowing officers to direct people to leave any part of the area covered under the order, and not return within a set time.

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