Five youths charged following vicious attack in Kelso

Five teenagers have been charged in connection with a shocking assault at Kelso Rugby Club after a video of the assault was posted on social media.

Thursday, 6th September 2018, 4:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th September 2018, 4:30 pm
Stills of the video.

The incident took place at Kelso Rugby Club at around 8.15pm on Saturday, August 25, as reported in last week’s Southern Reporter.

A 47-year-old man was taken to Borders General Hospital as a result and four males, aged 14 to 17, have now been charged for the assault.

A 14-year-old female has been charged with a communications offence after the incident was filmed and posted online, causing alarm to the community.

Stills of the video.

Reports have been submitted to the Children’s Reporter.

Inspector Tony Hodges said: “Such violence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community. Be assured that, when an incident like this occurs, we are committed to investigating it fully and pursuing charges.

“Like many people we were disappointed that, instead of a phone being used to call the emergency services for help, it was instead used to film as a person was being attacked.

“If footage has been captured of a crime, this should be passed to police to assist with the investigation and not posted to social media without the victim’s consent for potentially thousands of people to see.”