TORCH HONOUR for girl beaten by Gang

Sophie Russell

Sophie Russell

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A BRUTAL teenage gang attacked this autistic schoolgirl leaving her with serious injuries and scarred for life – but alarmingly the main culprit got away with just a caution.

Sophie Russell, 16, from Market Rasen, had to have facial surgery and was forced to take nearly eight months off school to overcome traumatic panic attacks and rebuild her torn-apart life. Meanwhile the gang of four girls and five boys – who Sophie says punched her in the face about 20 times – were free to roam the streets.

Ten months on from the attack defiant Sophie, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has turned her life around and impressed the Olympic Games committee so much she has been chosen from thousands to be a 2012 torch bearer.

Despite suffering serious internal bruising, a broken nose, shattered face, post traumatic stress disorder and being left with a permanent scar on her top lip and a jaw and hip that crack when she moves, the aspiring RAF servicewoman has put the attack behind her.

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