POLICE are hunting a man who threatened a schoolgirl with a knife while demanding cash.

The attempted robbery happened at about 7.30am when the 15-year-old was walking to school along Durham Road, in Redcar East, yesterday.

Her assailant came out of an alleyway before confronting the youngster with a four-inch flick knife and threatening her.

The girl showed the man the empty contents of her purse before running away.

He is described as white, aged 25-30, 6ft, slim with a pale complexion, short dark cropped hair with thick gingery stubble and a long pointy chin.

Police said that the man was wearing a dark top.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police on (01642) 302626. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.