Autistic teenager and sister in hospital after ’40s gang’ attacked her

Sisters Olivia, 14, and Jessica, 16, were kicked and punched outside a McDonald's

Sisters Olivia, 14, and Jessica, 16, were kicked and punched outside a McDonald’s in Exeter (Images: Devon Live/BPM Media)

An autistic teenager and her sister were brutally attacked by a gang of 30 or 40 outside a McDonald’s.

Siblings Olivia, 14, and Jessica, 16, were kicked and punched until the youngest passed out.

The footage shows the group taunting, filming and circling the two while a girl is seen pulling Olivia’s hair, leaving her with a fat stain.

The thugs also smashed their iPhones and attempted to steal their designer sneakers.

After Monday night’s incident in Exeter, the sisters were taken to the emergency room with concussions and bruises to their chest, ribs and abdomen, as well as abrasions, and were hospitalized again last night.

Olivia, who is autistic, also suspects she has a broken nose and is prone to bleeding in the brain, so her parents are particularly concerned.

Her mother Penny, from Exwick, told DevonLive the attackers were aged between 15 and early 20 and were unknown to her daughters.

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She said they tried to lure Olivia and Jessica to the park and threatened to “cut off their heads and stab them”.

“They were floating around her and then one of the girls started hitting Olivia,” the concerned parent said.

“Her sister tried to pull her off her but she was thrown to the ground and a man, either in his late teens or early 20s, began kicking her in the head and body.

“One girl kept telling her that if she got up she would stab her, so she stayed on the ground and took the punches.

“Olivia was then slammed against the wall and she doesn’t remember much because she passed out repeatedly.

“When she came to, she was kicked in the head and had a nosebleed. She managed to crawl away and escape, hiding in a side street.”

Autistic girl and sister attacked and filmed by gang outside McDonald's

The thugs also smashed their phones and attempted to steal their sneakers (Image: Devon Live/BPM Media)

Autistic girl and sister attacked and filmed by gang outside McDonald's

Her mother Penny said they were unaware of her attackers (Image: Devon Live/ BPM Media)

Penny previously told the family had become the target of a hateful campaign, with some neighbors calling them “spastic and retarded”, leaving dog poo in their garden and physically attacking them.

An elderly man then approached a friend of Jessica and Olivia’s and told them he had a blade.

Devon and Cornwall Police have since confirmed that Marcus Hair, 33, of no fixed address, Exeter, has been charged with possessing a blade in a public place and threatening someone with a blade in a public place.

He was due to appear before Exeter Magistrates’ Court today.

Referring to Monday’s incident, a spokesman for the force said: “Police were called by Ambulance at around 8.20pm on May 30 after a fight was reported in Fore Street, Exeter.

“It was reported that an incident had taken place involving around 30 to 40 youths and that there were two victims who had been assaulted.

“Two teenage girls were slightly injured. One was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Investigations into this matter are ongoing.

“It was further reported that during the altercation a girl was approached by a man who was in possession of a blade.

“A 33-year-old man from Exeter has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed object and a public order offence.”

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