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Police are appealing for information after a teenager was attacked by three girls in Portsmouth on Saturday evening.
The 15-year-old victim had been with a friend at the junction of Lake Road and Clarendon Street, Fratton, around 8.20pm
A group of three girls, unknown to the victim, were stood close to a bus stop on the opposite side of the road.
One of the girls, the main offender, shouted over to the victim and her friend, accusing them of staring at them.
The victim’s friend ran off as the group crossed the road. The girls assaulted the victim causing her to fall to the floor. They ran off when a member of the public driving past stopped to help.
The victim suffered swelling and bruising to the head and face and small cuts on her lower lip and back.
PC Michael Broach from Portsmouth’s Targeted Patrol team said:
“I’d like to hear from anyone else who may have seen or heard the assault or the group of girls in the area at the time. There’s a busy junction at Lake Road, so someone must have spotted them.
“The main offender was wearing a white coat and one of the other girls was wearing a red coat. We understand one of them threw a vodka bottle on the floor which smashed as a result.
“This was a completely unprovoked assault and it’s important we find those responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Broach at Southsea police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.