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Community rallies behind girl with autism after attack by four girls in Bury St Edmunds

A community has rallied behind a ‘lovely and caring’ teenager with autism after she was allegedly lured outside and attacked by a group of four girls in Bury St Edmunds.

The 14-year-old girl, who lives on the Howard estate, was left shaken and with bruises after the incident, which took place on Saturday evening.

A fund-raising page to help the teenager has since been set up by mother and daughter duo Penny Eggleston Hume and Toni Eggleston, who are friends of the family.

Police tape (16542036)
Police tape (16542036)

“I saw the child straight after the incident and to see how distraught she was was so awful,” said Penny, 51. “For this to happen to any person is hard enough but for somebody with autism it is awful. She just doesn’t understand why it happened.”

Penny added that the incident had also caused a feeling of unease among parents.

“Parents are growing concerned about bullying on the estate and they’re scared to let their children out,” she said.

Penny and Toni are hoping to raise £200 for the teenager, with £135 having been donated so far. People have also left messages of support.

“The response has been amazing. We just want to be able to buy her something nice or give her family the chance to take her on a day out to cheer her up,” said Penny.

“I just thought it would be nice to show her that others are thinking about her and supporting her because she feels very lonely and frightened.”

A message posted by Toni on the Facebook page on Wednesday said: “Today this lovely caring girl has found out about the fund-raiser and to say she was happy is an understatement! She is over the moon that people actually care and had a big smile on her face.”

A police spokesman asked witnesses to call 101 quoting 37/ 54102/19

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