Telford mother’s fury as yobs film attack on son, 12

By Dayna Farrington | Donnington | Crime | Published:

A ‘heartbroken’ Telford mother has hit out at what she described as a group of bullies who filmed her son being chased and attacked on his 12th birthday.

Sean’s attackers pounce on his 12th birthday

Sean Wilbraham was riding his new bike near to his home in Donnington, on Saturday, when the video footage shows up to five boys launching an attack on him.

They are seen to sprint after Sean, before pinning him against a metal fence while punching and kicking him.

The attack was filmed by a laughing bystander and shared on picture messaging service Snapchat.

Sean Wilbraham, 12, with his mother Tanya, 32, who has been left ‘disgusted’ by the attack

Sean’s mother, 32-year-old Tanya, has criticised the bullies after she was informed the following day by a neighbour that the footage had been circulating.

The mother-of-four, who works as a carer, said: “I had been working on his birthday and he was quite quiet – I just thought he was mad at me for working on his birthday.


“The following day I was notified by a neighbour about what was going round on Snapchat and I had the videos sent to me.


“I was just devastated. It’s just cruel.

“Seeing my son in a situation like that – no-one should have to go through that.

The incident has been reported to West Mercia Police.

Sean is pushed up against a metal fence


Tanya said the footage ‘broke her heart’ and the incident has now made Sean anxious to leave the house and go to school.

She said: “He has not wanted to go out since. He is very anxious about going to school.

“They’ve all got friends in the different schools and its going round the class.

“It breaks my heart – he’s been really sad since. I’m raising my four children and it is horrible to see people like this bringing them down.”


Ms Wilbraham added: “I am absolutely disgusted and angry. It is heartbreaking as a mother. He is a kind, loving, caring boy – he’s a very good boy and he’s always helping others. I am very proud of him.”

Inspector Gary Wade, from West Mercia Police, said they were investigating the incident.

Inspector Wade said: “We have received a report of an assault which happened on Saturday, January 13, in Donnington, Telford.

“The assault happened between 1.30pm and 2pm and was reported to police the following day.

“Officers are investigating and inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 469S of January 14. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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