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Teenage girl punched in face near Stockport’s Vernon Park

By Katie Rowley

A teenage girl was chased and assaulted near Stockport’s Vernon Park on Monday evening.

The 14-year-old girl was punched in the face after walking through Vernon Park at approximately 8pm on February 13.

As she neared the park’s museum cafe the offender jumped out and threatened her. The girl ran away but was pursued by the man as he chased and tripped her up, before punching her in the face. The girl then luckily managed to escape before further harm.

Detective Constable Tricia Solomon of Stockport CID said: “We don’t know why the girl was targeted but she is clearly very upset at what happened.”

The offender is described as white, in his mid 20s, of slim build, about 5ft 7in tall and was wearing a black hooded top.

Police are appealing to anyone who recognises the description of the offender or who was in the area at the time of the attack. DC Solomon believes in particular that there may have been someone walking a dog in the area and is eager to speak to this person.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 0161 856 9860/1, or can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This is not the first offence to take place in the Vernon Park area.

In June 2009 a 76-year old man was pushed into a pond in the park in what police described as a racially-motivated attack. The Asian pensioner was subject to a volley of verbal abuse before being thrown into the water, having to be treated in hospital for his injuries which included cuts to his head and legs.

A year earlier a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted when walking through the park. A man exposed himself to the teenager and threatened her with a knife demanding the girl touch him.

The Stockport Express reported last September that police are increasing the numbers of officers on the streets following a string of brutal attacks on women in broad daylight. Stockport police increased patrols and locked the park at night after youths set a series of fires alight in the evenings.

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