Police warning over footage showing alleged attack on schoolgirl in front of jeering crowd (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police warning over videoed attack on Stockton schoolgirl
POLICE are strongly advising people not to share a video appearing to show a girl being punched and kicked before a jeering crowd.
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the alleged attack in Stockton.
The footage has been circulating on social media sites but was eventually handed to Cleveland Police.
It showed a girl lying on the ground being punched and kicked in the face by another girl as others stood jeering and filming the attack.
Cleveland Police said the victim was 15-years-old and the alleged attack took place at 7.50pm on Tuesday, October 15, near Mill Lane Primary School on Wellington Street.
An ambulance was called and the girl was taken for treatment at North Tees Hospital before being discharged.
A 15-year-old girl from Stockton was later arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further inquiries. The video appears to show some adults watched the attack.
It was posted on Facebook and Twitter and both the alleged attacker and victim were named online.
There were many internet comments. One said: “It is sick. That poor lass. This is what Stockton is coming to.”
Another one said: “I just hope the ones who videoed it get punished as well.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Officers would strongly remind people that any sharing of this video could compromise the investigation under Contempt of Court law and would ask people to remove it.
"The law also states that juveniles have the right to anonymity, therefore, people should not name individuals or the person arrested.”
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