Police in Hartlepool appeal for witnesses to the incident

Cleveland police are appealing for information after a 14-year-old boy was assaulted following a collision with another cyclist in Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Mail reports that the boy had been cycling along Wooler Road when he collided with the man near the junction of Elm Grove. Both came off their bikes and the man subsequently became abusive, punching the boy several times in the face. He then rode off in the direction of Catcote/Summerhill Road.

The incident took place on Saturday August 22 between 7pm and 7.30pm. The suspect is described as white with short dark hair, of slim build and in his late twenties to early thirties. He was wearing a high vis jacket and a blue polo shirt, had a Hartlepool accent and was riding a black bike.

The boy sustained bruising to the eye but did not receive medical treatment.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspect or witnessed the incident, you are asked to contact PC Julie Bell on the non-emergency 101 number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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