KIND-HEARTED readers have offered to help a family attacked on their way to a memorial service for their stillborn baby.

The baby girl’s father, his three children and a family friend were assaulted in Colchester’s Highwoods Country Park where they were going to release balloons in her memory.

Angie Glasspoole, manager at Tenpin bowling alley in Cowdray Avenue, is the latest to come forward after reading the story.

She said: “I have a daughter and if I ever lost her, I do not know what I would do.

“I lost my mum and if this happened to me after a memorial service, I can’t imagine how horrible it would be.

“We just want to do something to spoil the children and try to make their life just a little bit better after the horrible things that happened to them.”

The bowling alley has offered the family a free day out.

Others residents from Colchester and further afield have asked to donate balloons, gifts or money to help the family, and organise a memorial service.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We have been pleased with the public response to the awful attacks, especially those charities who have offered their support.

“This was an appalling incident where an emotional and private event was ruined.”

Six people were arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed while investigations continue.