Alleged assault on boy in town centre

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Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a possible assault involving a woman and boy in Scarborough town centre.

It happened outside Boots on Westborough between 12.20pm and 12.45pm on Tuesday December 23.

Police received reports from members of the public that a woman was assaulting the boy.

It is believed other passers-by witnessed the incident and may have tried to intervene before the police were called to assist.

Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are asking people with information to come forward.

A local woman aged in her late 20s has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Following questioning she was released on police bail to allow time for further enquires.

The boy was medically examined and did not require treatment.

If you can help the investigation, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit Scarborough. Or email

Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140221779 when providing information about this incident.