Moment boy, 12, 'thought he was going to die' after being dragged by his hair and punched by man after playground row

THIS is the moment a 12-year-old boy "thought he was going to die" as he was dragged by his hair and punched by a man after a playground row.

Shocking video footage shows Charlie Back being chased, slammed against a parked car and thrown to the ground in a terrifying assault.

His family, who wanted the footage to be made public, said the attack followed an incident where Charlie hit a boy in self-defence, leaving him with a black eye, in a park in Brighton last week.

To his parent's horror, the boy's furious father hunted down the schoolboy and pinned him down, leaving Charlie shaken and scared to leave his home.

CCTV footage shows the man, wearing a blue top, cornering Charlie after chasing him for 15 minutes, before throwing him against a car and onto the ground.

Charlie can be seen screaming in fear and curling up on the floor before a passerby, believed to be one of the boy's old teachers, rushes to help.

Charlie's dad Daniel said: "It was quite hard watching at first. We watched the first few minutes then that was it, I was like 'I can't watch that'.

"Obviously your temper riles up. Charlie fears for his own safety. On going out at the minute, he is a bit on edge in case he was to bump into him.

"He did say at the time 'when he had me on the floor, I thought I was going to die'."

After the assault, Charlie ran home where his parents were waiting for him.


While running away, the schoolboy called 999 in fear of what would happen to him.

But the man confronted Charlie's dad and demanded his son return outside to face him.

"He went 'get him out here now'," Daniel said.

"He kept saying 'get him out here, get him out here'."

Charlie's parents realised the shocking incident had been caught on camera.

His horrified mother, Cherrie, shared the video on Facebook and said she wanted to warn other parents.

She wrote: "What he did is beyond disgusting."

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: "Police are investigating a report of an altercation involving a group of youths and a man at Brighton Racecourse at 6.35pm on Monday, June 14.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

Anyone with information or who witnessed what happened can report online or call 101, quoting 1321 of 14/06.

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