THE search is on to find a man who allegedly bit a 14-year-old schoolgirl on a ride at Alton Towers.
Police officers from Staffordshire police said they were investigating an assault on Thursday, July 3, at the theme park.
The alleged attack took place on the Nemesis Sub Terra ride.
The girl’s father claimed his daughter, who was on a school trip from Merseyside, had bumped into the man and apologised, only for him to bite her on the shoulder once the ride began.
A statement from Staffordshire police said: “Staffordshire Police can confirm that we received a complaint that at around 4.30pm on Thursday, July 3, 2014, a 14-year-old school girl whilst, on a school organised trip to the Alton Towers theme park, was on the Sub Terra Ride when she was assaulted by an unknown male.
“The victim suffered an injury to her shoulder and was taken to the medical centre and given initial treatment by Alton Towers medics before returning home.
“It is understood that she has received further medical care from her own GP.
“An investigation into the assault has now commenced and officers will be reviewing CCTV evidence from the park to identify the offender who is described as a white male aged between 30 and 40 years.
“Staffordshire Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may be able to help to identify the offender to come forward and contact us via the 101 national number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident 430 of the July 5.”
Nemesis Sub-Terra is a drop tower dark ride at Alton Towers theme park.
The ride opened to the public on March 24, 2012.
It is based on a continuation of the back-story of one of the park’s most popular long-standing coasters, Nemesis.
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