Teenage girl injured after being hit by a rock

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after throwing a rock at a teenage girl in Northumberland.

The shocking incident happened at 4pm on Friday, June 12, when the 14-year-old girl was walking west along the bridle path in Darras Hall, in Ponteland, near to the entrance on Eastern Way.

A man on a mountain bike rode past her and threw a large rock which hit her on the head. The man then cycled off. The rock caused swelling on the back of the girl’s head and she was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital to be checked over as a precaution.

Just after the assault, two students, believed to be from Ponteland High School’s sixth-form, came to her assistance. Police would like to speak to these two young people as it’s believed they may have witnessed the assault and may have seen the offender.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may know who the two students are to contact them. Officers have made inquiries with the school but have so far been unable to identify the pair.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Cole said: “This was a nasty attack on a young girl and we are keen to speak to the two students who helped the teenager and anyone else who may have witnessed this incident.”

Police are continuing to carry out inquiries in the area and officers are on patrol to reassure the community. The arrested man has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 873 of 12/06/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.