Search

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.

dominic.bareham2@archant.co.uk

Other news

Yesterday, 12:34
Eye Town Hall. 
Photo: Denise Bradley

The first Eye Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19 in the north Suffolk town.

Yesterday, 11:34
J D Wetherspoon wants to open a pub in Diss

A planning application by pub chain J D Wetherspoon to build a pub by the Mere has received the backing of town councillors. Diss Town Council’s planning committee has approved of the application for the new pub at King’s Head Yard, which has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

Yesterday, 11:00
Aiden Bloss at home in Stradbroke with mum Emma and sister Libby.

Starting high school may be seen as a routine event, but for one Suffolk boy it is an impressive milestone in a life that could have been very different.

Yesterday, 08:33
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is set to appear at commemorations to mark the longest running strike in British history.

Most Read

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Students open GCSE results at Attleborough High.

Thousands of pupils are collecting their GCSE results this morning; check back here throughout the day to see how your school did.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:34
J D Wetherspoon wants to open a pub in Diss

A planning application by pub chain J D Wetherspoon to build a pub by the Mere has received the backing of town councillors. Diss Town Council’s planning committee has approved of the application for the new pub at King’s Head Yard, which has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

Read more
South Norfolk Council
Yesterday, 08:33
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is set to appear at commemorations to mark the longest running strike in British history.

Read more
Great Yarmouth
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The police cordon on Chapel Road in Attleborough. Picture: Kate Royall

A police cordon, put up after an unconscious man was found in an Attleborough road, has now been removed.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Saturday, July 11, 2015
The A140 at Thrandeston near Eye Airfield where there was a collision between a car and a pedestrian early Saturday morning <11/7/15>. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police have appealed for witnesses after a pedestrian suffered serious injuries in an accident on the A140 during the early hours of Saturday.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition