Feb 14, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: Assault in Bottesford

Issued on 13/2/13 at 1:31 p.m.

Crime number: LM/00200/13-3

Police are appealing for information about the driver of a small van who assaulted a young boy in Bottesford.

Officers investigating the incident, which happened after a snowball hit the man’s van, hope that information on the van will lead them to the suspect.

The incident happened at about 8.45 pm on Tuesday January 22, when a snowball hit a passing van as the 13-year-old victim and his friends were playing in the snow at the Grantham Road skate park.

The van stopped and a man got out of it. He then approached the group of youngsters and hit the victim on his legs and head. He then got back into his van, where a woman passenger was waiting, and drove off.

The victim attended the Leicester Royal Infirmary following the incident after receiving bruising to his head and legs.

The suspect has been described as being white, of skinny build, about 6 feet tall and aged between 20 and 25-years-old. He was wearing jeans, a hooded top, high top shoes and spoke with a deep voice.

The man’s van is described as being a small, silver or white box van with writing on the side, which had three letters on the top line and the word ‘Auto’ underneath. The writing on the van was blue, green or black.

PC Sharon Roscoe, the investigating officer, said: “Although the victim wasn’t seriously hurt he was incredibly scared by the incident and the man. We have spoken to others who were on the park at the time of the assault and now have a good description of the man and his van.

“If you recognise the van from our description then please get in touch. We have carried out enquiries locally, which have so far been unsuccessful, but it may be that the car came from outside of Bottesford. If you have seen a car similar to the one described please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 4364 Sharon Roscoe on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer's identification number 4364. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

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Circulated by:

John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626

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