“A teenage girl has spoke of the moment a grown mum swore at and attacked her and her 14-year-old friend – while a group of children watch on.
The shocking clash, filmed by an eyewitness and shared publicly to Facebook, happened at a park next to St Martin’s Primary School, Cranbrook, just before 10pm on Friday.
The heavily-built woman and her friends loudly challenge a group of teenagers, snapping selfies against that evening’s striking sunset, in front of what appears to be their own children.
A row breaks out and the woman, wearing a flower-patterned dress, walks toward the group and shoves a 14-year-old girl before appearing to slap Angel Robinson, 17, in her face.
The force of the blow sees her knees buckle, as the park erupts with shouting and swearing.
Angel’s mum Sheena Robinson is fuming over the assault on a daughter who “would not hurt a fly” and weighs only six stone.
Speaking with Devon Live, Angel and her mum spoke of their anger and upset over the shocking incident – filmed by her friend Dayna, also confronted in the footage.
Angel said: “Basically, we were up the park and there was a family drinking vodka and wine and getting really, really drunk. “While we were stood taking selfies one of them started shouting at us.
“Another woman then gobbed off and started on Dayna. Then she whacks the 14-year-old. I went in and then she hits me.”
Angel says that, luckily, the swipe did not leave a mark on her.
For Angel, it proves that teenagers aren’t necessarily the cause of anti-social behaviour in the East Devon town.
“You see all over [Facebook community page] Belonging To Cranbrook complaints about teenagers and that we are the problem.
“But these were grown women. The parents are just as bad as the teenagers.”
Angel and her mum say the family at the table are not known to them, and it had been the first time Angel had encountered them at the park.
She says the incident won’t put her off returning with her mates.
Sheena says Devon & Cornwall Police have been made aware of the footage and are looking into the incident.
It wasn’t the only fight to break out in Cranbrook that evening.
Police were called to an altercation between two men at Great Meadow at 6.45pm.
A row led to one of them being shoved into a bush.
Police are using CCTV to help their enquiries.”