Man suspected of assault comes forward

20:31, Nov 27 2013

Police have identified a man who allegedly assaulted a child outside Stoke Countdown supermarket.

Following the publication of a Nelson Mail story yesterday, the man at the centre of the incident has come forward, as well as other people with further information.

The incident, which involved a man in his 30s kicking a girl of about 5 from behind, occurred on November 16 about 3.30pm, police say.   

A member of the public reported seeing a man swearing at a young girl while walking to a white 1995 Subaru stationwagon. 

The man then kicked the girl from behind, who was shoved forward as a result.  

Inquiries are continuing.