Appeal following sexual assault in Birmingham park

We need your help after a child reported a sexual assault in a park in Birmingham yesterday (18 September).

It happened in Rowheath Park at around midday.

The six-year-old girl was with her family on the playground when she was momentarily lured into a nearby wooded area by a boy who is described as possibly between 12-16-years-old with blonde hair. He was wearing a blue jacket and jeans and we need to identify him.

She told her mother shortly after on their way home and it was then reported to us.

Based on what we’ve been told, we are investigating a sexual assault, and we’re keen to learn more about the circumstances of what’s been reported.

An investigation is underway, 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?

Detective Inspector Matt Stone, from our public protection unit, said: “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, 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 us via Live Chat on our website or call us on 101 quoting crime number 20/749042/21.

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