Thug kicked girl, 13, off bike before punting her in stomach and waving knife

A 13-year-old girl was thrown off her bike and booted in the stomach in a sickening attack.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect who the teenager claimed, threatened her with a kitchen knife before running off at around 5pm on March 4.

The thug watched the schoolgirl cycle with a friend towards him in Christchurch, Dorset before kicking her back wheel to send her tumbling to the ground so he could kick out again, this time in the stomach.

A phone call distracted the offender described as white and in his 50s, giving the girl a chance to escape on her bike but clocking her actions, he kicked the back wheel again and she fell off once more.

Before leaving her be, the man stood over her branding a small kitchen knife in a cut through, that runs from Smugglers Lane North to Nea Close in Christchurch.

The terrifying assault left the victim with grazes and soreness to the stomach and was reported to police a week later on March 11.

The offender is described as being around five feet eight inches tall, of medium build and with greying brown hair and a grey beard.

He was wearing a black Puffa-style coat, dark blue jogging bottoms and red and black trainers.

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Police Constable Aaron Harvey, of East Dorset police, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the young victim.

We have been carrying out a number of enquiries into the incident and, after obtaining a full account from the victim, we are now appealing for anyone with information that might assist our investigation to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210038982.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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