OFFICERS investigating an assault on a schoolgirl in Washington have released an image of a man they would like to trace.

At about 2.45pm on February 27, Northumbria Police received a report of man acting suspiciously outside the Co-op store on Victoria Place, Concord.

It was reported that the man approached two girls and started to engage in conversation, before he pulled the hair of one of the girls.

He then made off from the scene.

The girl was uninjured but shaken by the incident.

Officers have been carrying out various lines of enquiry since the report and have now identified a man they would like to trace in connection with the incident.

He was in the area at the time and could have valuable information.

The man, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to get in touch via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website quoting reference 518 280220. Alternatively, you can email