Appeal after schoolgirl and man attacked in separate incidents

POLICE are appealing for information on two separate incidents which saw a schoolgirl attacked by yobs and a man struck in the face with a blunt instrument.

Officers say a 12-year-old girl was approached by a gang of six or seven 15 to 16-year-old boys wearing hooded tops who grabbed her by the wrists before punching her in the chest.

The youngster was walking behind King Oswy Drive shops, in Hartlepool, close to the junctions with Nicholson Way and Butterwick Road, when the incident happened.

But she managed to run away and raised the alarm.

In a separate attack, a man was left needing stitches after being hit in the face with a blunt instrument in the towns’ Whitby Street, outside the Princess Helena pub.

Police say a 22-year-old man was attacked by two men who he had struck up a brief conversation with minutes earlier.

One of the alleged attackers is said to have hit the man in the face with a blunt object, causing the victim to fall to the ground.

The two men ran off towards Church Street and into Exeter Street.

The victim suffered cuts to his chin and he was taken to the University Hospital of Hartlepool for stitches.

One of the alleged attackers is described as white, about 6ft-6ft 2ins-tall, in his mid-20s, heavily built, with short blond hair and was smartly dressed.

The second man was also white, around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 11ins-tall, in his mid-20s, of a slim build, with short dark brown hair and smartly dressed.

Anyone with information about the attack on the girl, which took place between 6.20pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 5, is asked to call PC Iain Clark on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Anyone with information about the attack on the man, which happened around 9.30pm on Saturday, July 9, is asked to call PC Peter Doherty on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers on the same number.