Police are hunting a couple who assaulted a boy in a Dundee playpark before driving a car at him in what they believe was a targeted attack
The incident happened around 4pm on Sunday in the park next to a local primary school’s car park in Alexander Street, Hilltown.
A 13-year-old boy was with friends when a man and woman approached him, grabbed him by the arm and assaulted him.
Following the assault, the couple got into a dark-coloured car and drove the car towards the young boy in a threatening matter.
They then drove off in the direction of Hilltown.
The boy – who knew his alleged attacker – did not seek any medical treatment.
Police Scotland said the male suspect is white, with a large build and a beard. There is no information on the woman.
The matter was reported to police the following day and police said enquiries carried out so far have revealed that the attack was targeted.
CCTV footage has also shown that the area was busy with people and motorists
Officers will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries and officers have been checking the private and public CCTV footage in the area.
Constable Daniel Stirling said: “The suspect is known to the child and extensive efforts are under way to locate the attackers and establish the motive for this attack.
“For an adult to assault a child is utterly deplorable and only proves how cowardly they are.
“I am appealing directly to local people who live in this area, in particular, those who live in the flats which overlook the play area where the crime occurred.
“Please speak to us, even if you think what you saw or know is insignificant. CCTV footage has shown there were several members of the public and motorists in the area at the time of the incident.
He added: “I would ask those people to contact us. I would also urge any motorists to review their dash cam footage as it may have captured images which could assist our investigation. Any small piece of information could prove significant, so please pass it on.”
Police can be contacted on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.