Eight-year-old girl assaulted in Hartlepool

Schoolgirl assaulted in Hartlepool.

Schoolgirl assaulted in Hartlepool.

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Police are appealing for information after an eight-year-old girl was assaulted in the town.

Officers say the youngster was in Westland Avenue at about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, when the incident happened.

A male youth approached the girl and demanded money from her and then pushed her off her bike.

The male is described as a white teenager and he is around 5ft 8ins tall, of skinny build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a grey jogging top and trousers and was riding a black BMX style bike.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or the incident is asked to contact PC Becky Alderson on the 101 non-emergency number. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.