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Appeal for witnesses following assault in Tilehurst

Alert message sent 01/04/2019 08:50:00

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Tilehurst, Reading.

At around 6pm on Tuesday (26/3) the victim, a 15-year-old girl was walking along The Triangle, Tilehurst, when she was approached by a large group of boys.

One of the boys sprayed a substance in the victim’s face, whilst the others kicked and hit at her, as well as verbally assaulting her.

The victim did not require hospital treatment.

The offenders are described as a group of around nine boys, between 13 and 16 years of age.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Sarah Manning, based at Reading police station, said: “This was an unprovoked attack that left the victim shaken.

“It happened in a busy area and I know there were people who came to the victim’s aid.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information about what happened to please come forward.

“I also believe that some of the offenders may have recorded the assault on their mobile phones. If you come across this footage on social media, please do not share it but report it to the police.

“Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference ‘43190092184’ or make a report online.

“Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A 16-year-old boy from Tilehurst was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail.

A 13-year-old boy from Reading was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail.
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