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Plea after girl assaulted and robbed in Newton Mearns

A 14-year-old girl has been assaulted and robbed as she made her way home in Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.

Police said the girl, who had been in Rouken Glen Park with friends, was approached by a man as she walked along Ayr Road to catch a bus at about 21:00 on Thursday.

When she told him to go away, he grabbed, punched and kicked her before running off with her mobile phone.

Officers are keen to speak to a cyclist who chased and challenged the suspect.

They believe he may hold information vital to their inquiries.

The girl was not injured as a result of the attack but was extremely distressed.

PC Michael Fleck, from the robbery unit at Gorbals Police Office, said: "This was an absolutely terrifying attack on this young girl who had just been out for the night with friends.

"We have checked CCTV and have been carrying our door-to-door inquiries in the area to try and identify the man responsible for this robbery.

"There are quite a few fast food outlets in the area and it may be the suspect had been there either prior to or after the incident."

The suspect is described as white, 16 to 17 years of age, of slim build. He was wearing a blue/black baseball cap, grey tracksuit top and jogging bottoms and white trainers.

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