A mother and son and even their family dogs were subjected to a vicious assault by a gang of thugs in Southampton

Amanda Grierson, son Cameron and their dogs were viciously attacked just yards from their Southampton home

Amanda Grierson, son Cameron and their dogs were viciously attacked just yards from their Southampton home

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A MUM and her son were victims were victims of a vicious assault after a gang of thugs launched an unprovoked attack on them and their family dogs.

Amanda Grierson was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked as she lay helplessly, curling herself up into a ball in a desperate bid to save herself from serious injury.

The terrifying attack just yards from her Southampton home also saw her son Cameron punched in the face and one of her Jack Russell dogs Kenko, kicked into the air by the cruel yobs.

Daily Echo:

The scene of the vicious assault

Mum-of-three Amanda was walking her two dogs with a friend when they met up with her 24-year-old son as he headed home from work at the Royal South Hants Hospital on Tuesday night.

The three were walking along St James Road, in Shirley, when they saw three men coming towards them playing loud music.

Cameron stopped and turned round to wait for his mum to catch up with him, when suddenly he was hit in the face from behind.

As he staggered to get his balance the man then kicked one of their dogs flying into the air, while another of the males grabbed Amanda’s phone from her hand.

As she struggled to keep hold of it and screamed for help, the third man hit her in the back with such force that she fell to the ground, where the two thugs repeatedly kicked her.

Amanda, an accountant at the University of Southampton, who was left with three fractured ribs and a swollen ankle, said: “It was all so unbelievable that they would just attack us like that, without saying a word.

“This is the type of thing that happens on the television, not to real people.

“We just can’t help thinking why did they do this? There was just no reason and that’s what is most worrying, that they can just do this to anyone without any provocation.

“They are cowards who attacked a middle aged woman, someone who had his back to them and a dog.

“I just don’t want to be left alone at the moment because it has totally shocked me.”

As residents living on the street started to come out of their homes to help to the relief of Amanda, the trio fled but Cameron, determined not to let them get away, went after them and was able to tell police where they were heading.

Cameron added: “I’m not a violent person but when I saw them kicking my mum I just saw red. I wasn’t going to let them get away with it.

“It’s not so much that they attacked my mum, it’s that they would attack any woman and our dog. They just didn’t care what they were doing and they showed no remorse.”

Police arrested two males on Tuesday evening, a 15-year-old boy from Southampton who was last night still in custody and a 21-year-old from Southampton who has since been released with no further action to be taken against him.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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6:39am Thu 4 Sep 14

sotonbigboy88 says...

Absolutely disgusting.... This city is full of petulant thugs and teenage wannabes. The police need to start making an example of these people. If this 15 year old is guilty take away his anonymity. Who cares if he is still classed as a minor. Start naming and shaming, you never know it might actually make some think twice about their actions. As for the victims of this cowardly attack, I wish them a speedy recovery
Absolutely disgusting.... This city is full of petulant thugs and teenage wannabes. The police need to start making an example of these people. If this 15 year old is guilty take away his anonymity. Who cares if he is still classed as a minor. Start naming and shaming, you never know it might actually make some think twice about their actions. As for the victims of this cowardly attack, I wish them a speedy recovery sotonbigboy88
  • Score: 166

8:05am Thu 4 Sep 14

Brite Spark says...

Bastards I'd love to get my hands on them before the police do.
Bastards I'd love to get my hands on them before the police do. Brite Spark
  • Score: 75

8:24am Thu 4 Sep 14

riverbanks says...

15 year old will go away for half a year, be completely anonymous and then just slipped back into society like nothing ever happened.

Sometimes I think it might be better if people did take the law into their own hands. I bet if the son did some asking around he could find out who did it then him and his mates should go kick the **** out of them!
15 year old will go away for half a year, be completely anonymous and then just slipped back into society like nothing ever happened. Sometimes I think it might be better if people did take the law into their own hands. I bet if the son did some asking around he could find out who did it then him and his mates should go kick the **** out of them! riverbanks
  • Score: 77

8:32am Thu 4 Sep 14

forest hump says...

Unfortunately, the thugs will be well represented by legal aid and a judge believing that "reform" is the only answer will be very lenient. Their wrists will be slapped and consequently continue to wreak havoc. If this sort of behaviour is to be stopped, the aggressors need to pay at the first offence and it needs to hurt. Unfortunately, we live in a lily-livered society and these scum will continue to offend with good people suffering.
Unfortunately, the thugs will be well represented by legal aid and a judge believing that "reform" is the only answer will be very lenient. Their wrists will be slapped and consequently continue to wreak havoc. If this sort of behaviour is to be stopped, the aggressors need to pay at the first offence and it needs to hurt. Unfortunately, we live in a lily-livered society and these scum will continue to offend with good people suffering. forest hump
  • Score: 55

8:35am Thu 4 Sep 14

Horse’s mouth says...

Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS
Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS Horse’s mouth
  • Score: 18

10:00am Thu 4 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

Ok there's scum and there's low life scum. Then there's people like this.

I hope they fall into a hole and rot.
Ok there's scum and there's low life scum. Then there's people like this. I hope they fall into a hole and rot. camerajuan
  • Score: 26

10:07am Thu 4 Sep 14

Zexagon says...

warrens 76 wrote:
I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.
Is that because your stupid?
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.[/p][/quote]Is that because your stupid? Zexagon
  • Score: 33

10:57am Thu 4 Sep 14

Big Mac says...

Hopefully Cameron has got a few mates to help sort the issue...
Hopefully Cameron has got a few mates to help sort the issue... Big Mac
  • Score: 18

11:05am Thu 4 Sep 14

Zexagon says...

Zexagon wrote:
warrens 76 wrote:
I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.
Is that because your stupid?
You're
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.[/p][/quote]Is that because your stupid?[/p][/quote]You're Zexagon
  • Score: 22

11:57am Thu 4 Sep 14

bigfella777 says...

Let them go, they probably had a poor upbringing.
Let them go, they probably had a poor upbringing. bigfella777
  • Score: -26

12:04pm Thu 4 Sep 14

No one cares what you think says...

catch them.
three straws.
each picks a straw.
whomever picks the shortest straw should hang.
the others should be named and let go.
see how long they last.
catch them. three straws. each picks a straw. whomever picks the shortest straw should hang. the others should be named and let go. see how long they last. No one cares what you think
  • Score: 18

3:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Horse’s mouth wrote:
Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS
What are we - barbarians? I suggest a smack on the wrist suspended for two years.
[quote][p][bold]Horse’s mouth[/bold] wrote: Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS[/p][/quote]What are we - barbarians? I suggest a smack on the wrist suspended for two years. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
Horse’s mouth wrote:
Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS
What are we - barbarians? I suggest a smack on the wrist suspended for two years.
By the neck?
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horse’s mouth[/bold] wrote: Let hope the courts come down very hard on these yobs and SMACK BOTH WRISTS[/p][/quote]What are we - barbarians? I suggest a smack on the wrist suspended for two years.[/p][/quote]By the neck? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Bastards I'd love to get my hands on them before the police do.
Sparky, trouble is, they would come back and get you when you weren't looking. They are cowards.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Bastards I'd love to get my hands on them before the police do.[/p][/quote]Sparky, trouble is, they would come back and get you when you weren't looking. They are cowards. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 6

5:38pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Solomon's Boot says...

warrens 76 wrote:
I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.
Well I don't expect it anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: I expect this in Portsmouth not Southampton.[/p][/quote]Well I don't expect it anywhere. Solomon's Boot
  • Score: 14

5:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SOULJACKER says...

Take back the streets now....An eye for an eye etc.....

We have had to put up with this cr@p for too many years now & it's time we said enough is enough & stuff their human rights.
Take back the streets now....An eye for an eye etc..... We have had to put up with this cr@p for too many years now & it's time we said enough is enough & stuff their human rights. SOULJACKER
  • Score: 12

7:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Stubs says...

Hope these brainless yobs are caught. Hope someone gives them a good hiding and see how they like it.
Hope these brainless yobs are caught. Hope someone gives them a good hiding and see how they like it. Stubs
  • Score: 7

8:39pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Turtlebay says...

I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital!
I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital! Turtlebay
  • Score: 14

10:27pm Thu 4 Sep 14

knapsta says...

Can only imagine these 'people' were substanced abused at the time as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such an action. They need to made a stern example of when caught, it's time for revenge to become a valid part of the criminal justice system because I'm guessing that is what would satisfy the victims most in this case.
Can only imagine these 'people' were substanced abused at the time as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such an action. They need to made a stern example of when caught, it's time for revenge to become a valid part of the criminal justice system because I'm guessing that is what would satisfy the victims most in this case. knapsta
  • Score: 5

11:33pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SimonSomeone says...

Turtlebay wrote:
I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital!
Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital![/p][/quote]Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with? SimonSomeone
  • Score: -4

2:01am Fri 5 Sep 14

Ultra Vires says...

Stubs wrote:
Hope these brainless yobs are caught. Hope someone gives them a good hiding and see how they like it.
They were caught. The good news is of course in the last paragraph.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: Hope these brainless yobs are caught. Hope someone gives them a good hiding and see how they like it.[/p][/quote]They were caught. The good news is of course in the last paragraph. Ultra Vires
  • Score: 2

9:35am Fri 5 Sep 14

cliffwalker says...

All the usual demands that the rest of us behave in the same way as (or, in the case of those advocating murder, even worse than) the thugs and all will then be right in the world.
All the usual demands that the rest of us behave in the same way as (or, in the case of those advocating murder, even worse than) the thugs and all will then be right in the world. cliffwalker
  • Score: -2

10:13am Fri 5 Sep 14

Avengedeathpunch says...

Complete cowards. The skid stains on the underpants of society.
Complete cowards. The skid stains on the underpants of society. Avengedeathpunch
  • Score: 5

10:17am Fri 5 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

SimonSomeone wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital!
Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?
I suggest you have a peek at the British Army website. They definitely do!
[quote][p][bold]SimonSomeone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital![/p][/quote]Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?[/p][/quote]I suggest you have a peek at the British Army website. They definitely do! camerajuan
  • Score: 4

12:41pm Fri 5 Sep 14

forest hump says...

cliffwalker wrote:
All the usual demands that the rest of us behave in the same way as (or, in the case of those advocating murder, even worse than) the thugs and all will then be right in the world.
So what is your answer? If you are so smart how would you deal with this? It is lily livered pansies as yourself that is a contribution to this behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: All the usual demands that the rest of us behave in the same way as (or, in the case of those advocating murder, even worse than) the thugs and all will then be right in the world.[/p][/quote]So what is your answer? If you are so smart how would you deal with this? It is lily livered pansies as yourself that is a contribution to this behaviour. forest hump
  • Score: -6

12:43pm Fri 5 Sep 14

forest hump says...

SimonSomeone wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital!
Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?
Does it matter? I agree with SS comment. Don't be a pedantic tw@t
[quote][p][bold]SimonSomeone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital![/p][/quote]Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?[/p][/quote]Does it matter? I agree with SS comment. Don't be a pedantic tw@t forest hump
  • Score: -11

2:47pm Fri 5 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

forest hump wrote:
SimonSomeone wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital!
Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?
Does it matter? I agree with SS comment. Don't be a pedantic tw@t
I'm guessing you were responding to me, error!

I wasn't being pedantic, I was being right. The British Army have commandos. Not my fault SS didn't know that or just ignored that fact.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonSomeone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: I'd love to get my hands on these thugs, as an ex Army Commando I would give them such a thorough pasting they'd never get out of hospital![/p][/quote]Interesting, the army does not have commandos. Which regiment were you with?[/p][/quote]Does it matter? I agree with SS comment. Don't be a pedantic tw@t[/p][/quote]I'm guessing you were responding to me, error! I wasn't being pedantic, I was being right. The British Army have commandos. Not my fault SS didn't know that or just ignored that fact. camerajuan
  • Score: 4

12:31am Sat 6 Sep 14

Gamz87 says...

Like to see them punch me or boot my dog.....a Rottweiler!!!! He would of attacked back and then what??.... my dog gets put down, I get fined for owning a dangerous dog who actually isn't in NORMAL circumstances and pay compensation to the thug who started an unprovoked attack! What is this country coming too? For an action there's a reaction and the laws reaction isn't enough in this case!
Like to see them punch me or boot my dog.....a Rottweiler!!!! He would of attacked back and then what??.... my dog gets put down, I get fined for owning a dangerous dog who actually isn't in NORMAL circumstances and pay compensation to the thug who started an unprovoked attack! What is this country coming too? For an action there's a reaction and the laws reaction isn't enough in this case! Gamz87
  • Score: 6

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