Girl, 6, lured from playground and sexually assaulted as cops hunt teen suspect
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Police a hunting for a “teenage” sex offender after a six-year-old girl was lured away from a playground and sexually assaulted.
The girl was with her family when she was 'momentarily lured' into a nearby wooded area by a boy at Rowheath Park in the south-west Birmingham suburb of Bournville.
The incident, branded "awful" but "extremely rare" by police, took place at around midday on Saturday, September 18.
Police were informed after the girl told her mother shortly after on their way home from the park, Birmingham Live reports.
Officers investigating the sexual assault said they are urgently trying to find the boy involved.
The suspect is described as being aged between 12 and 16 with blond hair. He was wearing a blue jacket and jeans.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told Birmingham Live: "An investigation is under way, including forensics, a trawl of nearby CCTV and we’re speaking to people in the area.
"We’re increasing patrols to offer reassurance.
"We’re asking for your help – did you see anyone matching this description in the area earlier today?"
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The force urged anyone visiting the park to be 'aware and alert' and let them know if they have any information which can assist the probe.
Detective Inspector Matt Stone, from Birmingham's public protection unit, added: “Fortunately awful incidents like this are extremely rare.
“We’re supporting the young girl and her family and have sought their permission to share what has happened today as we urgently need to find the boy involved."
“While we do not wish to alarm local people or anyone visiting the park," he added, "we wish for people to be aware and alert, and tell us anything which may assist our investigation.
“The circumstances in which the boy approached the little girl are extremely unusual and we’re doing all we can to find out who he is.”
Anyone with any information can message police via Live Chat on their website or call on 101 quoting crime number 20/749042/21.
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