Howden Park attack: Teenagers taken to hospital with head injuries following attack in West Lothian park

Two teenagers were taken to hospital with head injuries following an attack at a park in West Lothian.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:56 pm

One boy, aged 16, suffered a serious head injury in the assault, which happened in Howden Park in Livingston on Saturday, 24 April at about 6pm.

A second boy, aged 15, also suffered a minor head injury in the attack.

The pair of teenagers had been playing football with a group of friends in the park when they were both targeted.

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Both were taken to St John’s Hospital to be treated for their injuries and police are appealing for witnesses.

Officers said they are keen to speak to a group of men who were spotted near the park at the time of assault, particularly one of the members who has been described as white, aged about 23 years old, 5ft 10ins, slim and has short black hair.

He was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts and sunglasses at the time of the attack.

Howden Park in Livingston where the two teenagers were attacked on Saturday picture: Google maps

Detective Constable Lynn Myles, of Livingston CID, said: “This appears to be an unprovoked attack on two teenage boys who were in the park enjoying the good weather and playing football.

“There were a lot of people on the park at the time and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened."

Anyone with information on the incident have been asked to contact police on 101, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 3309 of Saturday, 24 April, 2021.

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