Scout wins award for raising alarm after baseball bat attack on boy

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EXCEPTIONAL Scout Mark Nash has been awarded for his bravery after he sprung into action when he witnessed a baseball bat attack taking place.

The 13­-year-­old was out with his friends playing football in Elsfred Road, Hill Head, when Jonathan Gregory came over to the playing area with a bat and started berating a group of children.

He was shouting at them to get off the land, when he grabbed a nine-­year-­old boy by the shoulder and then hit him with the bat.

Mark saw this and quickly told his friend to move away, before he then ran calmly to the nearest house and raised the alarm.

Gregory has now been convicted of attacking the child.

Maria­-Brigid Ryan, the Scout’s district commissioner for Fareham, said: ‘Mark carefully and clearly explained the situation to the adults who then contacted the emergency services.

‘Mark had to talk to the police calmly and accurately giving details of what he saw.

‘His actions were key to preventing the young boy suffering more life threatening violence. His quick-thinking and calm actions in dealing with the situation have been a true inspiration to others in Scouting and have seen him set an model example to his fellow Scouts, leaders and helpers in the group.’

Hampshire County Commissioner for Scouting, Adam Jollans, presented Mark with the Cornwall Scout Badge Gallantry for meritorious conduct at a special ceremony.

Mr Jollands said: ‘Mark showed real courage and quick thinking when he witnessed a nine­-year-old child being attacked by a stranger, although he was only 13 himself.

‘He moved other children out of danger and alerted the nearest house to phone the emergency services.

‘Instead of crossing to the other side of the road, Mark did what most of us hope we would do, and reached out to help other people.

‘He has shown he is a true Scout.’

Mark joined 1st Stubbington Scouts when he was six and he achieved his Chief Scout Gold Award a year ago.

His mother Penny Nash said Mark was delighted with the award.

She said: ‘This award is fantastic for Mark and the scouts, it reflects their training and teaching.

‘Mark is over the moon to be recognised. It is a real boost. He did the right thing, autopilot kicked in and he went to fetch help.’