Police appeal after boy is attacked in Hitchin

POLICE appealed today (Tuesday) for information and witnesses after a boy was assaulted in Hitchin on Friday evening. The incident happened at 10pm when a 14-year-old from the town was walking through Bancroft Recreation Park with friends. He was approach

POLICE appealed today (Tuesday) for information and witnesses after a boy was assaulted in Hitchin on Friday evening.

The incident happened at 10pm when a 14-year-old from the town was walking through Bancroft Recreation Park with friends.

He was approached by a man who, it is believed, tried to start a fight.

When the boy and his friends said no and tried to walk away, the man ran toward the boy and punched him in the face and then ran off.


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The boy suffered injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The man is described as black, about 5ft 11in tall, wearing a blue and white striped hooded jumper with the hood up.

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Investigating officer Pc Charlotte Ord said: "We are fully investigating this assault and would ask anyone who may have seen this incident, or know the man described, to contact police as soon as possible via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222 quoting crime reference G1/09/2625.

"Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111."

The chief inspector for North Herts, Geoff Camp, said: "Random assaults such as these are not a regular occurrence in North Herts and it is something we are taking very seriously. I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.

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