Schoolboy 'grabbed by neck' in Exmouth road rage incident

PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 February 2017

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Police are keen to trace a road rage driver who allegedly assaulted an Exmouth teenager, grabbing him by the scruff of his neck as he walked home from school.

The driver swore at the 15-year-old Exmouth Community College student, squaring up to him, as the youngster walked home to Brixington with a friend.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the driver failed to indicate at the Cheshire Road junction, almost hitting the lad. He then grabbed the boy when a row broke out after the youngster made a hand gesture.

The boy, who does not want to be identified for fear or reprisals, said: “He came up and squared up to me and came really close and started swearing.

“He grabbed me around my collar. I said ‘we are just kids, what are you doing?’.

“I was a bit shocked really. I was confused as to why he was getting so close. He was a grown man. I didn’t think he would get that offended by it.”

Police described the driver as well-built, 30-40 years old, wearing workman style trousers with patches on the knees.

He was driving an old-style red van that looked similar in appearance to a post van, although officers are keen to stress it was not a post van.

Christopher Ball, police community support officer, said: “The driver didn’t indicate as he entered the junction and near-missed the lad.

“A small altercation ensued and the driver parked up and intentionally went back to find the lad and have a go at him.

“The lad was uninjured and came away with a slight red mark.

“Incidents of this nature are very rare in the Exmouth area,” added Mr Ball.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the road rage incident, which took place on Friday, February 3, at around 3.30pm at the junction of Cheshire Road and St John’s Road, Exmouth.

If you can help, call police on 101 quoting crime number CR/008255/17.

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