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Witness appeal after York schoolgirl robbed

19 September 2014

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a schoolgirl was robbed in York.

At around 5.50pm on Wednesday 10 September 2014, a 15-year-old pupil was walking home along Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, from Manor C of E Academy. As she approached the railway crossing a man ran up behind her, pushed her to the ground and demanded her shoes and socks, which he removed before turning and heading back along Millfield Lane towards Acomb.

The man is described as either Asian or Eastern European, around 25-years-old, between 6ft and 6ft 4in tall, with a thin, stubbly face and short black hair, which was styled at the front. He was wearing thin, square glasses, a blue jacket, black jeans and was possibly carrying a small rucksack.

Officers are investigating the incident and are reviewing CCTV footage from businesses in the area.

At the time of the incident, the area was busy with people visiting local businesses or returning home from work and officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously to come forward.

Detectives would also like to hear from anyone who has found a discarded pair of sixe six, girl’s, black Deep Seven pumps with a silver buckle and a pair of black ankle socks, in the area.

Officers are keen to reassure the public that this sort of incident is unusual and local PCSOs will conducting extra reassurance patrols in the area.

The victim was not hurt in the incident and has returned to school.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Detective Constable Chris Hogg or York CID.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to chris.hogg@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or YorkCID@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140155510 when passing information about this incident.

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