A teenage girl arrested in Gloucester has been charged with assault after an attack in Coventry.
Coral Millerchip, from Attoxhall Road in Wyken, has been charged with one count of assault and has been remanded in custody.
The unemployed 19-year-old is due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on Monday.
Millerchip was arrested in Gloucester yesterday after police received reports that an 80-year-old man had been attacked in the city centre on Saturday August 10.
A video of the attack – recorded by a passer-by on their mobile phone – had been circulated widely on social media and met with a wave of revulsion from viewers.
Coventry Police Chief Superintendent Andy Nicholson, said: “This was a despicable, violent attack on an elderly man in broad daylight. The victim is an 80-year-old man – he was left with a bloodied nose and a black eye.
“A video showing the assault spread rapidly on social media and quite rightly the offender’s actions are being condemned by everyone who’s viewed it.”
The attack, which appears unprovoked, happened at around 8.30pm on Saturday evening near Sainsbury’s in Coventry’s Trinity Street.
Police are still keen to hear from people who witnessed the incident and moments leading up to the attack – and have urged anyone who shared the video or still images of the assault to remove them from social media accounts as they could hinder the enquiry.
Anyone with information should contact West Midlands Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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