A young girl was attacked whilst riding an Alton Towers ride, as a man next to her bit her ‘Luis Suarez style’.
The man, who was riding next to the girl on the theme park’s Nemesis Sub Terra ride, bit her on the shoulder in the vain of shamed football player Luis Suarez.
The girl is claimed to be just 14 years old and was riding the attraction on a Merseyside school trip on Thursday July 3. Her father explained that she had happened to bump into the man and apologised, only for him to bite her on the shoulder once the ride began.
The victim was immediately taken to the Alton Towers medical centre, where she was given treatment for her injury by the theme park’s trained medical staff. It is thought she later also had treatment from her own GP.
Speaking of the incident, Staffordshire police said:
[We] can confirm that we received a complaint that at around 1630 hours on Thursday July 3, 2014, a 14-year-old school girl was assaulted by an unknown male whilst on a school organised trip to the Alton Towers theme park and on the Sub Terra ride.
An investigation into the assault has now commenced and officers will be reviewing CCTV evidence from the park to identify the offender, who is described as a white male ages 30 to 40 years.”
Reporters and commentators are calling the unprovoked attack a ‘Luis Suarez’ style attack, referring to the footballer’s outburst during a World Cup match which involved him biting another player.
It is unclear whether the widely covered incident was the inspiration or trigger for this unforgivable incident, or whether the attack was simply an isolated case with no warranted explanation.
The Nemesis Sub Terra ride was built and opened in March 2012, its name a spin-off from the classic Nemesis coaster that has been at the park since its opening.
A drop-tower style ride which takes place in complete darkness, the attraction is more of an experience than a ride as actors, lighting and sound effects help to place riders within an imaginary predicament from which they must escape.
Local police are now searching for further information about the biting suspect, stating:
Staffordshire Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or may be able to identify the offender, to come forward and contact us.
They can use either the 101 national number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 430 of July 5.”