Appeal for information relating to an assault of a 17-year-old girl in Stratford Upon Avon
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Warwickshire Police is appealing for help to locate a man who may be able to assist with an investigation into an assault on a 17-year-old girl in Stratford upon Avon last Friday (14 May).
The assault took place at approximately 10.30pm at Waterside. The girl later received hospital treatment for a broken jaw.
The incident is linked with the escalation of antisocial behaviour as the number of young people visiting the town at the weekend increases in line with easing of COVID restrictions.
Warwickshire Police is working with Stratford District Council on a number of preventative and enforcement measures that will be implemented in specific areas of the town.
A Section 35 Dispersal Order has been put in place, giving officers extra powers to remove and confiscate alcohol and ensure that groups disperse and leave the area within a designated time frame. Officers will also identify schools and colleges attended by offenders and work with them to introduce educational messages to deter disruptive conduct.
Stratford upon Avon District Council will be extending it’s 24/7 live monitored CCTV system and will work closely with Warwickshire Police to address any issues and put in place additional resources if necessary.
Inspector Ben Hembry said "We are appalled by the assault on this young lady. We have examined CCTV footage supplied by Stratford District Council and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.
With restrictions easing and the end of 6th form exams coinciding, young people are coming into the town in high spirits. It is most unfortunate that excessive alcohol fuels unwanted behaviours with serious consequences for those involved or caught up in the crossfire.
This conduct will not be tolerated. There will be an increased police presence at the weekends and our officers will use the full powers of the Section 35 Order to ensure this pattern of behaviour is stopped. "
If anyone witnessed the assault on Friday or has any information, video or CCTV which could assist with enquiries, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 21 of 14 May 2021.
Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.