A COUNCILLOR has warned parents to stay vigilant after a young girl was pulled from her bike and hit in the stomach by a man.
Hampshire police are investigating the incident in which an eight-year-old girl was cycling outside Gosport Family Centre, in Kent Road, when the man approached her.
Parents should remain vigilant and perhaps be a little cautious when allowing their children to play outside alone.Councillor Dennis Wright
He then pulled her off her bike and hit her in the stomach before running off towards Tukes Avenue.
Ward councillor Dennis Wright said parents need to remain vigilante until the man is caught.
He said: ‘I am shocked to hear that something like this has happened in what is a built-up, residential area of Gosport.
‘I am sorry to hear that it has happened at all.
‘I would hope it was an isolated incident.
‘Parents should remain vigilant and perhaps be a little cautious when allowing their children to play outside alone.’
Cllr Wright added he was surprised it happened in the area it did.
‘That area of Gosport is a nice area and it is surprising this happened, especially during the middle of the day,’ he said.
‘Until the police can take action against the man who did this, I think people should take care and be vigilant.’
The girl did not suffer any injuries in the assault, which happened between 11.50am and 12.30pm on Saturday.
The man, who was tall, was wearing dark clothing and a hooded top.
Detective Constable Pete Bambury is calling for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch with the police.
He said: ‘This incident took place in broad daylight.
‘I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened or anyone who saw this man hanging around the area.
‘We are thoroughly investigating this matter and would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.’
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the crime reference number 44150190935.