The Newton neighbourhood of Surrey in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons.
14-year-old Chahala was beaten with a chair around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in the wooded area next to the Newton Wave Pool. She says some of her attackers used phones to record it.
Chahala was there to meet a friend, but he was late.
Instead she came across a group of kids aged 12 to late teens, one of whom stole her longboard and the others swarmed her.
“It’s infuriating. I’ve spoken to many people who work here, who shop here, neighbours and such and it would be nice if these kids were held accountable for their actions but it doesn’t look like that, unfortunately,” says her Mom, Jennifer.
It happened just metres from where Julie Paskall was beaten and killed in December.
Surrey has recently said there are increased security patrols, more cameras, and other measures in the area with the aim of making it safer.
Making it worse, she says several people walked by when she was on the ground and did nothing.
Thankfully an employee at a nearby grocery store ran out when he heard what happened.
Both Chahala and her Mom would like to see those who carried out the attack charged.
Until then, they say they won’t be coming back to this park.
— with files from Jill Bennett, Global News