Woman jumped in ball pool to hit boy

The Air Balloon pub on Squires Gate Lane, South Shore.
The Air Balloon pub on Squires Gate Lane, South Shore.
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A schoolboy was left with a broken nose after a woman punched him in the ball pool at a Wacky Warehouse, his mum said today.

The 13-year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was playing with friends in the play house at the Air Balloon pub, in Squires Gate, last November when he was approached by Adele Egan, who assaulted him.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard Egan, 36, had been drinking at a family birthday party when she struck the boy, believing he had been bullying her son.

Egan, of St Helier’s Road, Blackpool, admitted to having a few drinks and throwing a punch to protect her son.

She said: “I may have used excessive force. I am an adult and should not have done it.

“I am remorseful and wish to apologise.”

The victim, who is now 14, now no longer wants to go out for meals with his family.

His mum said: “What adult grabs a child and hits them in the face?

“My son is still affected quite badly by what happened to him, it’s disgusting.”

Sentencing Egan, chairman of the bench Barry Birch said: “Children playing in a Wacky Warehouse can be difficult to control as they want to run free. But you were an adult and you were in drink.”

Egan was placed under supervision from probation for a year and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

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