Youngster managed to escape without injury following frightening incident

Police appeal after teenage girl is attacked by man in balaclava while walking her dog

Police appeal after teenage girl is attacked by man in balaclava while walking her dog

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was attacked by a man in a balaclava.

The youngster, who is from Poole, was walking her dog outside a campsite at Sutton Holms near Verwood at around 7.40pm on Friday when she was approached by a man and pushed to the ground.

The girl managed to push him away, and he then ran off.

She sustained minor grazes in the incident.

The man is described as white, about six feet tall, and he was wearing dark clothing and a balaclava to conceal his face.

Detective Inspector Steve Thorpe, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “The offender did not say anything to the victim and the motive of the attack is unclear.

“The victim was understandably upset and shaken by the incident.

“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has seen somebody fitting the description in the area at the time.

“Anyone with information that may assist my investigation should contact Dorset Police.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 20:472. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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12:53pm Sun 22 Jun 14

GeorgeW64 says...

a man in a balaclava shouldn't be too hard to spot in this weather.
a man in a balaclava shouldn't be too hard to spot in this weather. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -22

1:32pm Sun 22 Jun 14

blackdog1 says...

What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool!
What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool! blackdog1
  • Score: 35

1:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Fuscia67 says...

Really hope the girl is OK and manages to push this frightening experience to where it should be- the back of her mind (not easy, speaking from experience).The attacker is obviously just a worthless coward.
Really hope the girl is OK and manages to push this frightening experience to where it should be- the back of her mind (not easy, speaking from experience).The attacker is obviously just a worthless coward. Fuscia67
  • Score: 29

3:09pm Sun 22 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

Presumbly the police reckon that if she had spoken to him it would have been her own fault as that's just asking for it.
Presumbly the police reckon that if she had spoken to him it would have been her own fault as that's just asking for it. ashleycross
  • Score: -32

5:49pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

ashleycross wrote:
Presumbly the police reckon that if she had spoken to him it would have been her own fault as that's just asking for it.
Me thinks you presume to much, hope the young girl fully recovers from this nasty incident.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Presumbly the police reckon that if she had spoken to him it would have been her own fault as that's just asking for it.[/p][/quote]Me thinks you presume to much, hope the young girl fully recovers from this nasty incident. Hessenford
  • Score: 12

6:28pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Turtlebay says...

blackdog1 wrote:
What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool!
Aww lighten up! You can't be sad and unhappy all the time, although perhaps you are!
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool![/p][/quote]Aww lighten up! You can't be sad and unhappy all the time, although perhaps you are! Turtlebay
  • Score: -17

6:46pm Sun 22 Jun 14

blackdog1 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
blackdog1 wrote:
What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool!
Aww lighten up! You can't be sad and unhappy all the time, although perhaps you are!
Idiot!....I bet the parents of the girl are laughing their heads off at this pathetic attempt at humour! So easy to sit on a computer making silly comments!
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: What a stupid pathetic comment! Let's make light of a serious attack on a young girl! You need to think before you make silly statements! Fool![/p][/quote]Aww lighten up! You can't be sad and unhappy all the time, although perhaps you are![/p][/quote]Idiot!....I bet the parents of the girl are laughing their heads off at this pathetic attempt at humour! So easy to sit on a computer making silly comments! blackdog1
  • Score: 15

6:59pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Huey says...

All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks Huey
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

stevobath says...

Huey wrote:
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.'

Scotch comes in a bottle.
Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct,
the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose.

As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon.

Stupid man.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks[/p][/quote]'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.' Scotch comes in a bottle. Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct, the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose. As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon. Stupid man. stevobath
  • Score: 11

10:24pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Huey says...

stevobath wrote:
Huey wrote:
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.'

Scotch comes in a bottle.
Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct,
the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose.

As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon.

Stupid man.
Oh yes silly me
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks[/p][/quote]'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.' Scotch comes in a bottle. Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct, the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose. As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon. Stupid man.[/p][/quote]Oh yes silly me Huey
  • Score: 9

11:50pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Kinzy says...

stevobath wrote:
Huey wrote:
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.'

Scotch comes in a bottle.
Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct,
the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose.

As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon.

Stupid man.
Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks[/p][/quote]'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.' Scotch comes in a bottle. Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct, the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose. As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon. Stupid man.[/p][/quote]Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in. Kinzy
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Mon 23 Jun 14

stevobath says...

Kinzy wrote:
stevobath wrote:
Huey wrote:
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.'

Scotch comes in a bottle.
Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct,
the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose.

As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon.

Stupid man.
Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in.
That may be so: An Anglicised version. Fallen out of wide scale use by SCOTS by the mid 19th century. Now used to describe Scotch Eggs that Aren't a Scots invention, something else Scotland has been saddled with, due to English lies & propaganda.

No wonder many SCOTS want the right to self determination.

I digress. It's STILL dumb to suggest young girls carry knives around.
[quote][p][bold]Kinzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks[/p][/quote]'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.' Scotch comes in a bottle. Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct, the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose. As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon. Stupid man.[/p][/quote]Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in.[/p][/quote]That may be so: An Anglicised version. Fallen out of wide scale use by SCOTS by the mid 19th century. Now used to describe Scotch Eggs that Aren't a Scots invention, something else Scotland has been saddled with, due to English lies & propaganda. No wonder many SCOTS want the right to self determination. I digress. It's STILL dumb to suggest young girls carry knives around. stevobath
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Mon 23 Jun 14

KitKatPuss says...

I can't believe some of you are arguing about the term 'scotch' and what the young girl should have been carrying with her....at the end of the day some creepy guy in a balaclava has tried to attack a young girl in broad daylight....that should be more worrying than debating what a 'scotch' is.
I can't believe some of you are arguing about the term 'scotch' and what the young girl should have been carrying with her....at the end of the day some creepy guy in a balaclava has tried to attack a young girl in broad daylight....that should be more worrying than debating what a 'scotch' is. KitKatPuss
  • Score: 13

1:10pm Mon 23 Jun 14

phill67 says...

stevobath wrote:
Kinzy wrote:
stevobath wrote:
Huey wrote:
All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks
'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.'

Scotch comes in a bottle.
Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct,
the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose.

As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon.

Stupid man.
Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in.
That may be so: An Anglicised version. Fallen out of wide scale use by SCOTS by the mid 19th century. Now used to describe Scotch Eggs that Aren't a Scots invention, something else Scotland has been saddled with, due to English lies & propaganda.

No wonder many SCOTS want the right to self determination.

I digress. It's STILL dumb to suggest young girls carry knives around.
as english we have be saddled with RBS
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kinzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All teenage girls should carry rape alarms and a small dagger, like the scotch have in their socks[/p][/quote]'...a small dagger that the scotch have in their socks.' Scotch comes in a bottle. Not only are you unable to grasp language, you make a stereotypical comment that is only half correct, the 'Sgian Dubh' was carried hidden about the body. Only when you entered the home of a friend would it be slipped into the right hand hose. As for young girls carrying knives. Quite often knives end up being used AGAINST the person carrying the weapon. Stupid man.[/p][/quote]Actually 'scotch' is an old fashioned term meaning Scottish, so wind ya neck in.[/p][/quote]That may be so: An Anglicised version. Fallen out of wide scale use by SCOTS by the mid 19th century. Now used to describe Scotch Eggs that Aren't a Scots invention, something else Scotland has been saddled with, due to English lies & propaganda. No wonder many SCOTS want the right to self determination. I digress. It's STILL dumb to suggest young girls carry knives around.[/p][/quote]as english we have be saddled with RBS phill67
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Mon 23 Jun 14

ktwins says...

What happened to this young girl is horrendous, I'm sure half of you wouldn't be making stupid comments if it was a member of your family?!
What happened to this young girl is horrendous, I'm sure half of you wouldn't be making stupid comments if it was a member of your family?! ktwins
  • Score: 11

7:09pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I would think the last thing on any of her family's mind would be to rush out and read about this attack in the paper.
I would think the last thing on any of her family's mind would be to rush out and read about this attack in the paper. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dixie D says...

if it was anything like the Poole attack nothing could have prevented attack it was too quick. No time to defend herself
if it was anything like the Poole attack nothing could have prevented attack it was too quick. No time to defend herself Dixie D
  • Score: 1

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