DETECTIVES are trying to trace a man who leapt out of his car and punched a schoolgirl in the face.
The shocking attack happened as the 14-year-old girl was walking close to the junction of Medstead Road and Blendworth Crescent, in Leigh Park, early on Thursday evening.
She told people she had noticed a man acting suspiciously in a car. He got out of the vehicle and assaulted her by punching her in the face.
Although she did not suffer any visible injuries she was left shaken by the attack and was too upset to speak to The News.
Detective constable Emily Dummer said: ‘This appears to be an isolated and unprovoked incident.
‘It has obviously shaken the girl who was out walking her dog at the time of the incident.
‘The description of the vehicle is distinctive. I would appeal to anyone who can help us identify this man to contact us.’
The culprit was driving a small red car. The victim said one of the rear doors and the bonnet were faded, not glossy, and looked as if they had been rubbed down.
Councillor Faith Ponsonby, who represents the ward on Havant Borough Council, said: ‘I’m shocked by this.
‘This is a very nice residential area and I’m amazed that something like this has happened. Poor girl.
‘Medstead Road is quite a short link road, there are not that many houses.
‘I’m sure somebody would have seen or heard something.
‘I would join the police in urging anyone who knows anything about this to contact the police as soon as possible.
‘We really don’t want things like this happening around there.’
The victim described the attacker as about 40, over 6ft and stocky. His head was shaved and he had dark eyes.
He was wearing a blue or black hooded top, light blue jeans and wore a gold sovereign ring on his left hand with a picture on it.
It happened at 5pm on Thursday.
Anyone with information should contact the District CID team at Fratton police station on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.