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CRIME: Teenager beaten with an iron bar.

The mother of a schoolboy who was seriously injured when a group of teenagers attacked him with an iron bar yesterday blamed the incident on a "growing gang culture"among youths in Britain.

Alvin Cutts, aged 16, was beaten up outside girlfriend Jade Beard's home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

He was sitting in her living room when a teenager started shouting a tirade of abuse through the window.

When Alvin went to investigate, five other boys leapt from behind a fence and beat him on the head, neck and body with a bar.

Alvin, who lives in Twyning, near Tewkesbury, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and underwent emergency surgery to reset his jaw and cheekbone. Metal plates and wires had to be inserted into his face.

The ordeal comes two years after Alvin's family fled Gloucester when his mother Niki McVicker was slashed across the face in an attempted mugging.

Ms McVicker said her son, who is studying for his GCSEs, was attacked because he wouldn't "mingle" with certain crowds.

"Alvin is the new kid in town and he refuses to mingle with certain gangs and crowds," she said.
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