A WOMAN was hit in the face by a teenager in a terrifying street attack after she told him she did not have a cigarette.
The 56-year-old was pulled to the floor before being struck to the head outside of the Gillen’s store, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool.
Police say she had been approached by two men who asked for a cigarette.
When she told them she did not have one, one of the men carried out the sickening assault, smashing her glasses and causing bruising and grazing around one of her eyes.
Investigating officers are now appealing for help in catching the pair who quickly fled after the incident that took place between 3.30am and 4.30am on Sunday, August 21.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A 56-year-old woman was approached by two men who asked for cigarettes.
“The woman stated that she had none, at which point one of the men pulled her to the floor and hit her in the face before making off.”
One of the men is described as white, of thin build, with short, fair hair and aged between 18 and 20. He was wearing dark clothing.
The other is described as being the same age, white, short in height and with dark hair.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has further information, is asked to contact PC Thomas McLeod, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302126 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.