Schoolgirl punched in unprovoked attack in Nailsea
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, January 12, 2012, 10:56
Police are appealing for witnesses after a young girl was punched in an unprovoked attack walking to school in Nailsea.
The 17-year-old schoolgirl was assaulted at 9.30am on Monday, January 9 while on route to school.
The assault happened on the bridlepath between Coates Grove and Nailsea Park.
Police say for no apparent reason a young male walking in the opposite direction punched her in the head and cut her lip.
The suspect is described as a white, aged 18 or 19-years-old, 5ft 9in tall, of thin build.
He was wearing a black hooded top and dark tracksuit trousers.
The male also had a distinctive scar in front of his left ear.
An investigation has begun to identify the person responsible.
Anyone with information about the assault should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Golden Valley Primary School is next to the bridlepath and headteacher Kevin Lynch has sent out a letter to all parents warning them of the assault.
Mr Lynch who has just stepped up safety at his school with a new security perimeter fence.
He said: "We felt it was important to let parents and carers know about the assault, particularly as some of our oldest children walk to and from school without parental supervision.
"Without causing unnecessary worry or anxiety, we have reminded children in Year 5 and 6, some of whom may make journeys to and from school without their parents, of the following points:
they should walk home directly following the route agreed with parents:
- they should have a mobile phone (with credit) switched on and to hand;
- they should, ideally, walk with one or more friends;
- they should not engage in conversation with any member of the public, especially if they are unknown; and
- they should find help, or report to an adult, if they are worried about something they have seen on their journey. This may mean returning to school as a place of safety where there is likely to be an adult who could help."