A SCHOOLBOY has been left 'terrified' after a woman allegedly punched him in the head on his way to school.

Ollie Streather-Paul, 11, who suffers from brittle asthma, was on the Number 1 First bus travelling from Fortuneswell on Portland to Royal Manor Arts College when the attack happened.

His shocked mother Claire Streather is urging people who saw the attack at around 8am on WEdnesdaya or might know the women to come forward.

Mrs Streather, of Spring Gardens, Portland, said: “Ollie is small for his age and is now absolutely terrified because this woman is still out there. He is refusing to get the bus to school.

“He went off to get the bus as usual and it was packed, with kids pushing and jostling. Ollie was pushed into this woman who punched him on the back of his head and off his seat. She then got off at Portland Heights Hotel.

“Ollie now feels sick and dizzy. If she had punched him in the back he would have had an asthma attack and probably be in hospital.”

Brittle asthma is a severe form of the condition which results in frequent and serious attacks.

Mrs Streather said that Ollie, who is year seven at the arts college, was helped into school by a group of older girls.

“He gets a public bus not the school bus because that one gets so busy, but he said he did not recognise the woman. I find it unbelievable that this can happen. You should be able to put your children on the bus knowing that they will be safe.”

She said the woman had dark curly hair and a slightly tanned face.

Police Inspector Les Fry said: “We are aware of this matter and a report has been made. We are investigating the matter and would appeal for witnesses and anyone who knows anything about this should call 101 or report it via Crimestoppers.”