A WOMAN is furious police dropped an investigation into the vicious beating of her son by a group with golf clubs and a baseball bat.
Jamie Power, 17, suffered a fracture to his right forearm while protecting his face during the 15-minute attack on September 5, in Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow.
However, he failed to pick out an assailant during an identification parade and detectives shelved the file 'until further information comes to light'.
His mother, Caron Byran, said: "They beat him with golf clubs and a baseball bat. There were about four of them. His mates ran off.
"His face was all swollen with a huge lump on his head and a very serious open fracture on his arm.
"I don't think there was an inch of his body that didn't have a bruise. There's a mark of a golf club on his back."
Ms Byran admitted her son, a construction student, initially lied to police about where the attack happened because, as his mother said, 'he had been up to no good'. Once Jamie told the truth, he took part in an identity parade conducted on a computer, but could not pick anyone out.
"A day and a half after the ID parade, I found out Jamie hadn't picked him out and they had closed the case,"
Ms Byran said. "Jamie was further distressed that the police didn't seem to be doing anything."
A Harrow Police spokesman confirmed that police investigated an allegation of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent in which a 17-year-old male sustained a broken wrist and bruising on September 5.
He said a detailed investigation was carried out and a 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH.
He said: "However, there were no witnesses to the assault and, after the victim failed to identify the suspect at an identity parade, he was released without charge.
"Unfortunately, the nine-day delay in reporting the true location of the assault frustrated the investigation, meaning that potential forensic opportunities were lost or compromised. The case is currently closed pending further information coming to light."