FREE GoGoDragon! stickers in today's EDP and Evening News!

Click here

Attleborough boy’s barbed wire horror

10:21 13 April 2012

Jack Clarke from Attleborough became tangled in barbed wire whilst out playing with friends.

Jack Clarke from Attleborough became tangled in barbed wire whilst out playing with friends.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

A Norfolk boy’s 11th birthday celebrations turned to horror when he became entangled in barbed wire close to a building site while playing with friends.

Paramedics had to remove the barbed wire from under the skin of Jack Clarke’s leg when he became impaled while playing with friends on a field in Blackthorn Road, Attleborough, close to the site of a new Norfolk Homes development.

The sharp, rusting wire on the Norfolk Homes site penetrated and lifted the skin, drawing some blood.

Jack’s mother Susan found her son in a state of shock and fearing for his life after his friends rushed to tell her what had happened at his home a few yards away in Lavender Close.

“Some of the children came back and said ‘quick, Sue, Jack’s caught on an electrical wire’.

“I saw that it was barbed wire and had hooked on to his leg and pulled his skin up.

“I thought there was no way I can get him out of this without pulling his skin and ripping it.

“We called an ambulance and the paramedic did manage to get it out without ripping his skin, which I was grateful for but he was very scared.

“He was not crying, but he was scared he was going to die,” she added.

The Attleborough Junior School pupil did not need to go to hospital on March 31, but he has a scar three or four inches long on the back of his leg.

Since the incident, a metal barrier has been placed in front of the barbed wire.

Much of the wire has turned brown and is indistinguishable from the undergrowth.

Other news

Loans could be offered to attract teachers to the region

Interest-free loans could be used to encourage more teachers to move to Norfolk, as a campaign to tackle the county’s recruitment crisis moves into its next stage.

A world record-holding New Holland CR10.90 combine harvester at work at Thelveton Farms, near Diss.

The world’s most powerful combine harvester has been put through its paces in Norfolk for the first time – and filmed from the air to record its performance.

Yesterday, 16:17
Anglea Kirby who will be walking in Diss as part of a round the world charity challenge.

A Canadian fundraiser will visit Diss on Friday, July 31 as part of a round the world challenge.

Yesterday, 15:39
Breeze Redwine who triumphed at the Teenstar singing competition

A teenager from Starston has wowed audiences to be named the winner of a national singing competition.

Most Read

Thu, 07:00
James Williams with the 100lb catfish caught in Diss Mere

It reads like a script from a cult 1950s B-movie. In the early hours of a Tuesday morning, just after sunrise, a lone fisherman got a bite.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:23
James Williams with the 100lb catfish caught in Diss Mere. The fish is still lurking in the Mere, having been released by its captor.

After reports the mythical ‘Monster of the Mere’ had at last been caught and photographed, speculation has arisen about how long the 100lb beast has been in Diss Mere.

Read more
United Kingdom
Thu, 12:05
Pupils at St Peter and St Paul CE Primary School in Eye join teacher Rachael Hilton next to a glier from Norfolk Gliding Club.

A primary school was treated to a lesson with a difference when a glider dropped in to greet pupils.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:33
Steven Trickey and Chris Lehrbach who are cycling 110 miles to 16 dairy farms for charity.

A pair of vets from south Norfolk will cycle more than 110 miles for charity this weekend, taking in 16 farms along the way.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 11:52
Road closed sign. Picture: Bill Darnell.

Drivers have been warned to expect delays in Great Moulton due to resurfacing works.

Read more
Norfolk County Council

Local Weather



max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Digital Edition

Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition