Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Well, that narrows it down....

YONA*-spotting is usually the preserve of the indefatigable social commentator Ambush Predator, but this example, so far from the expected urban habitat, struck me as being worth commenting on.

‘A teenage girl suffered a fractured jaw and cheekbone after being kicked in the head and body by four men.'

The 17-year-old girl was walking along a footpath on the outskirts of a rural town at 4.30 on a weekday when,

‘In what is understood to be an unprovoked attack, four men aged about 19 pushed her to the floor before starting to kick her.’

As a parent, I find this chilling - a serious unprovoked assault in broad daylight on a lone teenager not far from where we live. Like many others, I imagine, I want to know what’s being done to trace the attackers. The police have appealed for information and issued a detailed description...

‘One was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe and another was wearing black tracksuit bottoms. All four wore hooded tops with the hoods up and white trainers.’

So as long as they don't change their clothes, they'll be picked up in no time!

*That’s ‘Youth Of No Appearance’, courtesy of JuliaM


  1. Re another matter. Brian Fagan, "The Little Ice Age" 2000ISBN 0-465-02272-3 and "The Long Summer" 2004 ISBN 1-86207-644-8 also in Wikipedia as Brian M Fagan. He is pro Warming but I do not hold that against him. He writes in World Archaeology. Oddly I may have played rugger against him when he was at school.

  2. Many thanks! Looking forward to reading.

  3. Oh, I can't claim credit for the YONA term - that goes to the indefatigable DumbJon. :)