Mum stabbed in leg on birthday trip to park

54-year-old’s plea to teenagers who carry knives after shock attack as she defended her sons

Friday, 25th June 2021

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown was celebrating her birthday in Paradise Park before the attack

A MOTHER-OF-FOUR has made a plea to teenagers to stop carrying knives after being stabbed in the leg on her birthday.

Rosie Brown was in Paradise Park, off Caledonian Road, with her two sons, aged 16 and 14, who are both autistic, when she intervened in an altercation which ended with her being injured.

The attacker, a teenager himself, brandished a large “zombie” knife, said Ms Brown, after she told him to stop bothering her children.

She said: “I’ve been walking around the house doing my normal stuff but I keep on reliving this.

“I can’t bring myself to go to the local park and my fear of crowds has built up again. I came home and I vomited. I was being sick the next day and I have been sweating in my sleep. I was screaming out in my sleep.

“I managed to come out yesterday and go to Finsbury Park but I’ve been scared.”

Ms Brown was in the park celebrating her 54th birthday earlier this month when the incident happened.

“We were having a lovely time and all of a sudden I could hear some guy troubling my sons. I walked over and asked what the matter was, and he was saying ‘they’re batty boys’,” she said.

“They’re autistic and have disabilities and they use their chins as a way of communicating with each other.

“He came towards me in an aggressive manner and grabbed me by the chest. I said, ‘leave my kids alone, let them live their lives’. He went down his trousers and pulled the blade out and he slashed my leg.”

Ms Brown was taken to hospital where she was given 11 stitches.

She added: “It could have been my two sons. That’s the part that makes me sick. I’m disgusted.

“I want to spread the message and say put down the knives, find an apprenticeship. It’s like some of those boys don’t want to become fathers or don’t want to reach the age of 21. They’re not going to live long enough to make their mums proud.”

The Met said in a statement: “Police were called at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 12 to reports of a man believed to be in possession of knife in the area of Paradise Park.

“Officers attended and found a woman nearby on Lough Road suffering from a slash injury.

“She was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service; her injury is not believed to be life-threatening.”

The statement added: “Officers carried out a search of the area but the man had left prior to their arrival. Enquiries continue. Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 6987/12Jun.”

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