A TEENAGE girl was pushed off her bike and had it thrown on top of her during a “completely unprovoked” racially aggravated assault.

The girl sustained a sprained left arm during the incident in Ferndown sometime between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday, March 29.

The girl had been cycling along a footpath in Wimborne Road East near the Sainsbury’s roundabout when a teenage boy made a comment about the victim’s heritage before assaulting her.

Police Constable Kate Davies, of Dorset Police, said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a young girl and a full investigation is underway to identify the teenage boy involved.

“Dorset Police takes hate crime incidents extremely seriously and this assault has understandably left the victim feeling very shaken. She is still suffering pain as a result of the assault.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to please come forward. I would also ask any motorists who were travelling in the area at the time to please check their dashcam and contact us if they find any footage that may be relevant to the investigation.”

The boy was among a group of around six teenage boys, aged around 16-years-old, who were mainly wearing black clothing and had electric scooters.

One of the group wore a blue North Face jacket.

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220049643. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.