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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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sorebones [139 posts] 2 years ago
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Our society appears to be disintegrating  2

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Leodis [424 posts] 2 years ago
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Knowing 14 year old lads I expect there is more to this story.

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Rouboy [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Doesn't excuse this behaviour as its been reported.

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bikeandy61 [538 posts] 2 years ago
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Are you Sherlock Holmes using a pseudonym Leodis?

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Nixster [367 posts] 2 years ago
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sorebones wrote:

Our society appears to be disintegrating  2

You're clearly not from or familiar with Hartlepool or you wouldn't be using the present tense.

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Leodis [424 posts] 2 years ago
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bikeandy61 wrote:

Are you Sherlock Holmes using a pseudonym Leodis?

I use no drugs, do you want my blood test history?

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Vegita8 [49 posts] 2 years ago
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Rouboy wrote:

Doesn't excuse this behaviour as its been reported.

You don't know what happened there. I had an incident with two boys with similar age a couple of years ago..you know, the hoodie type..

They were sitting behind me on a bus continuously touching my ears. I asked them several times to stop annoying me but they did not stop there. I moved away but they came after me. When they got off one of them slapped me on the face.
What would you do? Smile and let it go? What if they spit on you? Or comment on your mother?

Obviously I was pissed and went after them. They were trying to provoke me to fight while I was trying to explain them to never mess with strangers as you don't know who the person is or what he might do to you.
Since that was not working and he was trying to call some of his mates on his phone to beat me up I took his phone and brake it in half. That did the trick. Suddenly they realised that it is not me who is in danger.

They started to call me out as racist hoping that the guys nearby would join in (I was in the middle of peckham) so I decided to walk away.
Later on an unmarked police car approached me on the way home and asked if I want to report it but I just told them no as I did not get hurt.

You don't know what happened so don't make such comments.

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Bigfoz [134 posts] 2 years ago
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Your own terrible experience does not apply to this situation as stated. It's simply a bias against 14yo kids based on 1 bad experience.

As this is reported, there was a collision (for which no blame is currently apportioned) and a "mature adult" clobbered a young kid multiple times.

My experience of 14yo kids outside of Peckham is that they're very different to your experience, so I tend to side with the child.

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a.jumper [850 posts] 2 years ago
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What's with that headline? The victim is a boy and the attacker is a cyclist! Uncle Tom writing the headlines now?

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Vegita8 [49 posts] 2 years ago
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Bigfoz wrote:

Your own terrible experience does not apply to this situation as stated. It's simply a bias against 14yo kids based on 1 bad experience.

As this is reported, there was a collision (for which no blame is currently apportioned) and a "mature adult" clobbered a young kid multiple times.

My experience of 14yo kids outside of Peckham is that they're very different to your experience, so I tend to side with the child.

Again, we were not there so we do not know what exactly was said and done.
Please do not make assumptions regarding this case until we know both sides of the story.

I did not say that the child is responsible for the incident; I just tried to explain to you that without the facts you should not make such comments.

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Rouboy [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Calm your passion Vegita8.  1

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PaulBox [669 posts] 2 years ago
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a.jumper wrote:

What's with that headline? The victim is a boy and the attacker is a cyclist! Uncle Tom writing the headlines now?

It says "another" cyclist.

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PaulBox [669 posts] 2 years ago
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Rouboy wrote:

Doesn't excuse this behaviour as its been reported.

I agree, but what he was implying that what was reported probably wasn't exactly what happened.

It's a bit like the video of the guy pushing the woman off her bike this week. Although I would never excuse his actions, not many people picked up on the fact that he said that she had flipped him off. So I can understand why he was annoyed, even if he did go too far.