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Appeal for witnesses following alleged assault on St James Retail Park in Knaresborough

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information regarding an alleged assault that occurred in Knaresborough involving a man and a child. 

It happened at approximately 5.15pm on Thursday 26 January 2017 in the car park of St James Retail Park, near to Next.

It is believed that the man slapped the child across the face. The man is described as white, aged mid to late 30s, large build, and approx. 5ft 9ins tall. He had a stubbly beard and was wearing a beanie hat.

The child,  a boy approx. 9-years-old with mousy brown hair and who was wearing a school uniform, is said to have been upset and scared at the time.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public’s assistance to help us to identify the man and the boy and to determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for Alex Langley. You can also email Alex.Langley@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170015237.

Last modified: January 30, 2017