Police a hunting for a “teenage” sex offender after a six-year-old girl was lured away from a playground and sexually assaulted.
The boy from Rowheath Park, a south-west Birmingham suburb called Bournville,’momentarily luring’ the girl into a wooded area.
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.
Police are trying to find the boy responsible for the sexual assault immediately, according to officers.
The suspect is described as being aged between 12 and 16 with blond hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a jacket.
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 advised anyone who visited the park to be aware and alert and to let them know if there is any information that could assist with the investigation.
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.