POLICE are appealing for information after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Uttoxeter alleyway.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon at around 4.05pm after the girl was approached from behind by a man on a bicycle while walking with a younger boy in an alleyway between Holly Road and Princess Road.
The man, described as being white and between 20 and 30 years old, reached up the girl’s skirt, touching her groin area before riding away.
Fortunately, the young victim was not injured during the shock attack but was left ‘shaken’ by her ordeal.
Police said they were treating the incident as a sexual assault.
Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Unit, told the Advertiser what happened during the incident.
He said: “The injured party in this matter, who is a 14-year-old girl, was walking with a 13-year-old boy when a male approached from behind – he was riding a bike at this point.
“The 13-year-old boy moved aside to let him pass and the offender reached out placing a hand under her skirt.
“We are classing this as being a sexual assault and we are looking for an offender who matches the description, and also any witnesses to the incident itself.”
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his 20’s or 30’s .
He was wearing a grey top which had white spots of paint on and he was riding a silver or grey bicycle with dark grey handlebars.
Police say the attacker was also carrying a Tesco bag with white paint on.
Witnesses to the incident, or anyone who thinks they may know who the suspect is, is asked to contact PC Josie Shepherd at Staffordshire Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 458 of March 15.
Alternatively, people can call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
The alleyway where the incident happened, near the Heath Community Centre, is a popular shortcut home for school pupils living in the Heath area.