Schoolboy attacked for backpack

Christchurch police are seeking information about a central city assault that left a 14-year-old schoolboy with a black eye.

Constable Dave McManus said the incident took place just after 5pm yesterday close to the central city bus exchange. 

The boy, a high-school student but not in uniform, had just got off a bus and walked past a group of four to six teenagers.

"We believe that one of this group of youths followed the victim as he walked out of the exchange towards Colombo St," McManus said.

At the corner of Colombo and St Asaph streets the offender caught up to the boy and confronted him, demanding that he hand over his backpack.

"The offender punched the victim in the face, pulled the backpack from the victim and ran back towards the bus exchange,'' McManus said.

The victim stopped a passerby who called police and waited with the boy until patrols arrived. The area was cordoned off but police did not find the attacker.

The 14-year-old, who said he did not know the offender, suffered a black eye but did not require hospital treatment. 

The offender is described as a male Maori, approximately 14 to 16 years old, around 168cm (5ft 6in) tall and of slim build. He was wearing blue pants, a burgundy long-sleeved top and a black baseball cap. 

"At the time of this incident the area would have been full of motorists and pedestrians - and we are hoping that someone will recall seeing this incident, or someone matching the description of the offender."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch Police on (03) 363 7400. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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