NSW police investigating new ‘punch and drag’ incident involving children

NSW police have opened an investigation into a new “punch” and “drag” incident involving a 14-year-old girl who was hit with a metal bar at an Acacia Parade cafe in December.

In a statement released on Friday, Detective Superintendent Chris Gee said the incident occurred on the Saturday before Christmas and that the girl was a passenger in a taxi.

“A female passenger was in the taxi when the male driver hit her and hit her again with the metal bar,” Detective Superintendent Gee told the ABC.

He said police were not aware of the incident being reported to the police, but they were concerned about the safety of the young woman and her friends.

Police are not releasing the names of the victims, but are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying them.

Gee said officers were not sure whether the girl had been assaulted by the driver or the driver’s friends.

Police have charged the man and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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