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14 April 2011, 10:14 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was attacked in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.
The 16-year-old was on a night on Friday, April 8th when she was approached at approximately 11.45pm by a young man she did not know while standing with friends outside the Ladies Realm shop in Regent Street.
The man assaulted the girl, injuring her head and face, before she ran away from him towards the bus stop outside a Somerfield supermarket in Landguard Road.
The suspect was described as:
Aged in his late teens to early 20s
Approximately 5 ft 9 ins tall
Short brown hair
He was wearing:
Dark tracksuit trousers
Investigating officer PC Rob Quick of the Isle of Wight’s Targeted Patrol teams said:
“This was an unprovoked assault on a young girl who has been left upset and concerned for her own welfare. Officers would like to thank everyone who has come forward so far to speak with the police about what happened.
“We know there were many more people in Shanklin’s Regent Street late on Friday night so I’m appealing for any further witnesses or people with information to contact us or Crimestoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous.”
A 19-year-old man from Shanklin was arrested on Saturday, April 9, 2011 on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH). He was taken to Newport police station for questioning, and bailed until April 24, 2011 pending further enquiries.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Rob Quick at Shanklin police station by phoning 101.