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Colchester: Police to speak with teen over underpass assault allegation

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:01 07 August 2014

Police will speak to a teenage boy following an allegation of assault in Colchester

Police will speak to a teenage boy following an allegation of assault in Colchester

Archant

A teenager police had been looking for in connection with an assault in Colchester has now been identified.

A 17-year-old local schoolgirl had been walking through the underpass on Crouch Street, near Balkerne Hill, shortly before 3.30pm on Friday, May 16, when a group of young men walked towards her. As they passed her, one of them slapped her bottom.

A 16-year-old boy will be spoken to about the allegation before a decision is made on what further action is required.

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