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Police investigate attack on teenage girl at York school

A 15-year-old girl in York fought off a man who assaulted her as she left school today.

The girl was leaving Joseph Rowntree School on Haxby Road at around 4pm when when she was approached by a man who assaulted her and put his hands on her head. The girl fought back and bit the man on his hand. He did not speak to her and left towards Haxby Road when she told him to leave her alone.

She was uninjured but was shaken by the attack and treated by a paramedic as a precaution.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late twenties, of thin build with dark circles under his eyes. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with yellow writing on the front with the hood pulled up, dark coloured trousers with white stripes up to the knees and dirty white trainers.

Police say it is likely that he will have a cut to his hand where he was bitten and are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch:

This was a frightening incident for the victim and we are providing specialist support to her. She has provided a good description of the attacker and I urge anyone who recognises him from this description to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Reassurance patrols will continue in the area and we are asking pupils, parents and local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity to the police.

I also urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and saw the attack happen, saw anyone loitering around the school or can help the police to identify the offender, to come forward as a matter of urgency.

– Inspector Steve Breen of York Safer Neighbourhood Team


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– Tony Nuttall

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