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 Witness appeal after bus stop assault


POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old schoolgirl was assaulted at a bus stop in Newton Aycliffe this morning, Monday, June 3.
The teenager was making her way to school and waiting at the Williamfield Way bus stop for the Number 5 Arriva bus at about 7.40am.
A man riding a mountain bike has then turned left from Burnhill Way on to Williamfield Way and stopped at the bus stop before resting his bike against it.
The male approached the girl and tried to start a conversation and grabbed her wrist when she trued to leave.
The girl was able to free herself before running away through Hawkshead Place to the safety of a relative’s house.
The suspect is described as white and aged between 60 and 70 years old.
He is about 5ft 10 with short white hair and speaks in a northern accent, but not local to Newton Aycliffe.
It is thought he was wearing a grey jumper and riding a dark blue mountain bike with yellow or green writing in the bars. No make or model is known at present.
If you saw anything suspicious or have any information or CCTV, please call 101 quoting incident reference number 68 of June 3.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.