Girl, 10, beaten up on way home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

A 10-year-old girl was at­tacked as she walked home from school.

A teenage boy, dressed from head to toe in black, de­manded money then punched and kicked the young­ster leav­ing her with bruises.

The girl was as­saulted as she made her way through Noakes Meadow in South Ash­ford last Wed­nes­day.

A fe­male passer-by in­ter­vened in the at­tack which hap­pened at 4.20pm and the teenage boy ran off to­wards the Wil­low Cen­tre and through the al­ley­way which leads to the Murco Garage in Brook­field Road.

Af­ter mak­ing sure the girl was all right, the woman left, but po­lice would like to trace her as she may be able to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion.The of­fender was wear­ing a black bal­a­clava, black hooded top, black jeans and black Nike Max train­ers. He is de­scribed as white, aged 14-16 years, of stocky build with brown eyes.

Jon Green, spokesman for Kent Po­lice, said: “In­ci­dents like this are pretty rare and we wouldn’t want to cause alarm be­cause it isn’t the sort of thing that hap­pens very of­ten, but if any­one does have in­for­ma­tion we would like to hear from them.”

Con­tact South Kent po­lice on 01303 289180 or al­ter­na­tively call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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