Cancer victim, 8, spat on at theme park 'because of her shaved head'

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The group of four boys started spitting at the family as they left the theme park (Surrey Police)
Police have released CCTV footage of a gang who spat at an eight-year-old cancer victim. (Surrey Police)

The family of an eight-year-old cancer sufferer believe she was spat on by a group of teenagers because her head was shaved.

The girl and her family were leaving the Thorpe Park theme park in Chertsey, Surrey, when four boys aged around 17 began spitting on them from overhead.

CCTV footage captured the group and police hope that witnesses, or friends and family who recognise the gang, will come forward.

A spokesman from Surrey Police told Yahoo News UK: "The parents were concerned that their eight-year-old daughter had been deliberately targeted because she has a shaved head due to cancer treatment."

SURREY, ENGLAND - JUNE 2018 An aerial view of Thorpe Park Resort, on June 21st. This large Surrey based theme park is surrounded by Abbey, Fleet and Manor Lakes, in the shadow of the M25 Motorway, 1 mile north west of Chertsey.  Aerial photograph taken by David Goddard
The girl and her family had spent the day at Thorpe Park in Surrey. (David Goddard)

The force is appealing for witnesses to the assault which took place on Sunday 6 June.

A police appeal issued on Friday said: "Between 6pm and 7pm, a family of four were passing the information desk on the water slides by The Dome on their way out of the park. As they walked out, a group of four teenage boys waiting in line on the staircase for a water slide started spitting at them.

"The four suspects are described as 17-year-old boys, all around five foot, eight inches tall.

"The boy who spat on the informant's daughter was described as Mediterranean, with curly black brown hair and wearing a black t-shirt.

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"The other boys were described as white. One had short blonde hair and wore a black t-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. One was wearing shorts and a t-shirt with a side pouch."

Witnesses or anyone who recognises the suspects from CCTV footage obtained by police are asked to contact Surrey Police quoting crime reference PR/45210059001.

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