WITNESS APPEAL: Police are trying to trace a dog-walker who may have seen an assault during which a youth tried to snatch a mobile phone.

The attack happened at about 8.15pm on Saturday, November 3 in Headingly Crescent on the Red Hall estate in Darlington.

Police say the 25-year-old victim was punched in the face by an assailant who was about 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and white.

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Anyone who can help is asked to contact PC Tony Young on 101 extension 6614451.