A village community has drawn together after a terrifying attack on a 10-year-old boy on his way home from school.
The lad is a pupil at St Peters Middle School in Crimp Hill Road, Old Windsor.
He was walking back and had reached the bottom of the hill at about 3.15pm on Monday when the bizarre attack happened.
His mum, who has asked that the family not be identified, said: "A man suddenly appeared behind him, kicked the back of his legs, picked him up, put his hands across his eyes and held him out in the road. He could hear a car coming and was terrified."
The man then disappeared and the boy was left with a vague impression of someone wearing a 'hoody', dark jeans, black shoes and gloves.
The mum immediately went onto the village's Facebook page - 'We Love Old Windsor' - to warn neighbours and was soon overwhelmed with replies. She said: "It is a really good example of how the social media works. My son is taking it remarkably well but the more I think about it, the worse I feel."
Speaking yesterday, Cllr Lynne Jones, who represents the village on the Royal Borough, said: "It has brought us all together in the village. The police had a presence outside the school today which was very welcome and reassuring. Everyone is talking about it in the shops and keeping their eye open."
A recent spate of break-ins and burglaries in the village has caused nervousness and the victim's mum wonders if her son might have accidentally disturbed and angered a potential thief. She said: "The burglaries have put people on edge and left the village feeling unsettled."
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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