Toddler injured after shocking attack in Chapel Market
PUBLISHED: 11:40 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 12:09 18 August 2011
TONY GAY at firstname.lastname@example.org
»A toddler was showered with glass when a man smashed a cafe window.
One-year-old Harvey Borland suffered scratches but escaped serious injury after the incident at the Star Express cafe in Chapel Market at 1.20pm on Wednesday of last week.
A man started smashing the front of the premises with a chair after arguing with three men sitting inside – who in turn began launching chairs.
Harvey was next to the entrance with his mother Pauline Feeley.
Ms Feeley, 33, of Wynatt Street, Clerkenwell, said she thought the violence witnessed in Islington and other parts of London two days earlier influenced the aggression shown by the men.
She said: “It is clear that they think they can behave this way because of the riots.
“It beggars belief they believe they can get away with it.
“The men could clearly see that my son was in his pushchair underneath the window – but they did not care.”
Ms Feeley required treatment from London Ambulance Service paramedics after suffering a panic attack and fainting following the incident.
She said: “Harvey ended up with only a few scratches but it could have been a lot worse. His buggy was full of glass and it was also in his hair. I have no idea how he was not seriously injured.”
‘Chairs flying around’
Ms Feeley, who also has two daughters – Summer, 13, and Ruby, two – said the men scuffled outside before fleeing the scene.
Harvey’s dad Nicky Borland said: “How he remained mostly uninjured is a miracle.”
A waitress at the Star Express, who would only give her name as Elaine, said: “There were chairs flying around and they put the door window through. The mother was clinging on to the baby she was so scared. It was terrible. I was shaking. It happened so fast.”
A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of committing criminal damage and affray in relation to the incident has been bailed until October.
Another man, aged 21, was arrested but later released without a charge.
Police want to trace a white man, aged between 18 and 24, who cycled off in the direction of Liverpool Road.
Anyone with information should contact officers on 0207 4210149.
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