Description of man wanted in connection with attack on girl, 14

Police are looking for a man who was dressed like this as part of their investigation into an assault on a 14-year-old girl in Ashington.
Police are looking for a man who was dressed like this as part of their investigation into an assault on a 14-year-old girl in Ashington.

POLICE have released a reconstruction of the clothing being worn by a man involved in an assault on a 14-year-old girl in Ashington on Tuesday.

He is described as being around 6ft tall and of medium build.

At the time of the attack he had his hood up but he is believed to have dark hair.

He was wearing a baby blue hooded top which had words across the front that were in a dirty white colour.

He was also wearing dirty luminous workman type trousers that were a baggy fit.

They had horizontal fluorescent strips all the way down the leg.

At around 7.10am on Tuesday, July 11, the teenage girl was walking along Rowlington Terrace when she was approached from behind by a man.

He pushed her to the ground. The girl screamed and the man ran off.

Detectives investigating the assault are now looking into the possibility that it may have been sexually motivated.

Police are also keen to speak to second man who they believe may have been in the street around the time of the incident and who could have witnessed the attack.

He is described as being around 5ft 10ins tall, with fair hair and aged in his late teens or early 20s.

He was wearing a light blue coloured hooded top, with the hood up, a yellow high viz type jacket or vest and white or light coloured track suit bottoms and light coloured trainers.

DCI Peter Reeve said: “We have managed to put together a more detailed description of the attacker and are continuing to appeal to the public for any information that could help us find the man responsible for this.

“The key could be the clothing. The trousers the offender was wearing are fairly noticeable and from the description the man could have been on his way to work or coming back from a night shift.

“We are aware the descriptions of the two men are similar and at this stage it’s unclear if the second man is a witness or actually the offender.

“We need anyone who was in the Rowlington Terrace area on Tuesday morning and who may have seen anyone or anything out of the ordinary to contact police.

“A lot of people in the area have the same morning routine and may pass through the area.

“I’d ask them to try and think back to if they saw a man matching the description anywhere in the area that morning and to give us a call if they did.

“Our concern is that whoever has targeted this young girl may do something like this again and we can’t allow this to happen. I’d urge anyone who thinks they can help to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information into the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.