The PSNI is trying to identify a good Samaritan who rescued a schoolgirl following a violent assault and burglary in Belfast city centre.
The 14-year-old was punched in the face and knocked to the ground as she waited for a bus on Royal Avenue at around 9.30pm on Thursday.
She was kicked repeatedly in the back before her mobile phone and cash was stolen from her coat pockets by a three-man gang.
A male — believed to be aged between 16 and 17 — carried out the assault, while another man rifled through her pockets.
Police are now appealing for a woman who stopped to help the girl to come forward.
“Police are keen to speak to a female who came to the assistance of the victim and gave her a lift,” a police spokesman said yesterday.
The male who assaulted the girl is described as being about 5ft 11in and of thin build. He was wearing a black Adidas tracksuit, white Nike cap and Nike Airmax trainers. He was with two males who are described as being of the same height and build, wearing black clothes with hoods up.
The assault on one of Belfast’s busiest shopping thoroughfares has fuelled calls for more police patrols.
UUP Belfast City councillor Jim Rodgers said: “There’s still too many incidents like this in the heart of the city centre. These people are becoming more and more daring. We need more police on the ground. It’s vital to prevent these kind of incidents.”
Police can be contacted at York Road on 084 5600 8000.