Mother-of-three's fear after family attacked in broad daylight walking home from church

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Fearful - Kayleigh Cartwright, Andrew Jones, and their three sons.
Fearful - Kayleigh Cartwright, Andrew Jones, and their three sons.

A MOTHER-OF-THREE has been left fearing for her family’s safety after being attacked in broad daylight while walking home from church with her children and partner.

Kayleigh Cartwright was attacked by a mother and her 18-year-old son in North Avenue, Canvey, on September 25.

Ms Cartwright was walking home from a fayre at St Nicholas’ Church in Long Road – where she is a volunteer – with her partner Andrew Jones, 28, and three sons aged two, five and seven, when they were attacked.

“My five-year-old son was on my partner’s shoulders and he fell six feet to the floor as Andrew was being punched in the face repeatedly,” Mrs Cartwright explained.

Echo: Attacked - Mr Jones' injuries
Echo: Attacked - Mr Jones' injuries

Attacked - Mr Jones' injuries

“It was the last thing we expected to happen to us after going to help out at the church.”

Amid the chaos of the attack, Kayleigh’s six-year-old son fled out of fear and was missing for hours.

“That’s why I first called the police, I had no idea where he had gone,” she said.

“He is autistic and has ADHD so we were terrified. It was horrendous, one son was lost, my youngest in the pram was hyperventilating and screaming, and my five-year-old on the floor crying in pain.”

Echo: Bruised - Her five-year-old son fell six feet to the ground
Echo: Bruised - Her five-year-old son fell six feet to the ground

Bruised - Her five-year-old son fell six feet to the ground

She says her family are unpleased with the sentencing and she now fears for thei safety every time the leave their home.

Mrs Cartwright said: “I am upset because I feel we have not been given the correct justice.

“We are finding it very difficult as a family to come to terms with being attacked in broad daylight in the middle of the street. We don’t feel safe.”

Tommy Lawler, of East Crescent, Canvey, was found guilty of two counts of common assault at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 29.

The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty but was handed a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

Charlene Ellis, 39, of East Crescent, Canvey, pleaded not guilty to common assault at the same court.

She was found guilty and given a community order until October 2023 with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Both were handed restraining order and told to pay costs and a victim surcharge, totalling £405 each.

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