Dad's fury as son, 11, punched in face by full-grown man in park

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Ex-copper Colin Keeble said he is “disgusted” by the adult that punched his “little boy” while he was cycling with friends in a public park.

Daniel was riding his bike when a man began shouting at him telling him to watch where he was riding.

The man then walked up to the schoolboy and punched him in his left eye.

Colin, a former police officer who now works as a contracts manager, said: “Daniel was with his sister Holly at the time and he was cycling up and down a path his his friends.

Daniel

SICKENING ATTACK: Daniel, 11, was punched by a thug in an Essex park (Pic: BPM MEDIA)

“He started to shout at Daniel: ‘Watch where you’re f*****g going.’ And the just punched him in the eye”

Colin Keeble

“He was with about four of five other boys, and they were only about 20 yards from Holly who was in the play park.

“Then this man on his own came walking up the path from the main road and a large industrial area.

“He started to shout at Daniel: ‘Watch where you’re f*****g going.’ And the just punched him in the eye.

“Literally that was it, there was no conversation prior, no buildup- he just punched my little boy in the eye.

“Daniel stopped because he was scared and didn’t properly understand what he was saying, and this man just straight up punches him in the face and then carried on walking.”

Daniel, from Basildon, Essex immediately cycled home to his family home, which is only 200 yards away, and told his mum Diane, 39.

Daniel Basildon

UNPROVOKED ASSAULT: Daniel had been out cycling in the park with friends (Pic: SWNS)

The family rang the police to report the attack, but no officers were sent to try and find the attacker.

Colin said that he was very upset that there was no attempt to look for the man, even though they had a description and location.

He said: “It is disgusting what happened to my son, and the lack of response has made it even worse.

“I understand the processes, and the limitations that the police have but he just walked away.

“My little boy has been my shadow the past few days and keeps right by my side.

“Daniel just keeps asking me why someone would do something so random to him, it has really shaken him up.”

Colin feels that one of the worst parts is that his son wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a police officer, but now thinks they are “useless” because they couldn’t help him.

Daniel Basildon

UPSET: Ex-copper Colin Keeble said his son has been ‘his shadow’ since the attack (Pic: SWNS)

Essex Police have launched an appeal to find the man.

A spokesperson said: “We were called at around 4.40pm on Thursday, May 23, with reports that an 11-year-old boy had been assaulted by a man in Basildon.

“It was reported that the boy was cycling through the park near to Montague Side around 15 minutes before, when he was assaulted by a man.

“The man was described as being quite tall with short, brown hair, was wearing an Arsenal kit and carrying an orange bag.

“The boy was understandably upset but fortunately did not require hospital treatment.

“We understand how distressing this must have been for the victim and he did the right thing by getting himself to a place of safety and reporting the incident to us.

“As we were content that he was not at any further risk of harm and did not believe the man to still be in the area, we did not attend at the time, but are continuing to investigate the assault.”

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