Schoolgirl?s trauma in bush track attack
A GIRL, 15, was assaulted at Boambee on Tuesday while walking to school, and police are appealing for witnesses.
Police say the girl was walking along a bush track about 10 metres from Linden Avenue in Boambee between 8am and 8.30am.
"The girl was directly opposite the northern entrance of Wedgetail Crescent when she was approached from behind by a male who assaulted her," a police spokesperson said.
"She struggled with the man, who fled the scene."
Police say the girl went straight home before reporting the incident to Coffs Harbour Police Station.
"She was not physically injured during the incident," the spokesperson said.
A crime scene was established and a canvass of the area was carried out by local police, as well as detectives from the Coffs Harbour Joint Investigation Response Team.
Investigators believe a number of motorists may have witnessed the assault or a man leaving the track, and are particularly keen to hear from any members of the public who were in the area on Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information about the assault is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Joint Investigation Response Team detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police say all information will be treated in the strictest confidence.