A 14-YEAR-OLD boy was left with cuts and bruises after he was attacked by a driver as he walked home from school.
The youngster was walking in Manchester Road, Hapton, when a black BMW sped past him and overtook another vehicle.
When the Shuttleworth College pupil turned round to see what had happened, the driver turned the car around and came back towards the victim and his friend.
The Hapton teen, who was standing near the junction with Castle Clough Lane, said the man got out of the car, walked towards him and tried to push him over.
But the young rugby player fought back to stop himself being forced to the ground.
The driver grabbed him by the throat and punched him twice to the face, shouting ‘don’t look at me’. The boy’s mother said she had checked in local pubs and shops to see if there might be any CCTV of the vehicle.
The 37-year-old said: “My son is only 14 and this has shocked us. He must have been frightened.
“I am worried that because he is such a deep person he is holding it all in. I do not think it has hit him yet what has gone on and the extent of it. It is just scary.”
The youngster suffered three cuts under his lip, which became swollen, and bruising to his nose.
His mother appealed for anybody with information about the attack, which happened last Friday to call police.
The attacker was described as around 6ft tall and in his mid 30s to early 40s. He had short, dark greying hair and was wearing work clothes.
A police spokesman said: “We got a report at 5.10pm on Friday about an assault. An investigation is ongoing.”
Anybody with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.