15th Sep, 2019

Appeal renewed over Babbs Mill Park attempted rape on schoolgirl

Sarah Mason 13th Mar, 2019

AN APPEAL over an attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Kingshurst park has been renewed by Crimewatch Live.

During this week the BBC One show has appealed for information over crimes happening across the region.

Among the appeals is the horrific incident which happened at around 2.50pm on June 29 last year.

The schoolgirl was making her way home through Babbs Mill Park when she was approached by a man walking a King Charles spaniel.

West Midlands Police say he then threatened her with a Stanley knife and forced her into a clearing, where he attempted to rape her.

Police believe he was then interrupted and the young girl was able to make her escape.

She suffered a cut to the neck from a knife and was treated in hospital before being discharged.

In all, hundreds of hours of CCTV footage has been viewed and nearly 1,300 homes in the area have been visited.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, but all have been released without further action.

The attacker is described as white, slightly tanned, with short brown/greying hair. He has blue eyes, large hands and a muscular, stocky build.

Speaking in the months following the attack Det Insp Joe Davenport, leading the investigation, said: “This has been a huge investigation, involving officers and specialist staff from around the force.

“I’d urge people to take a close look at the image. Is it someone you know? Is it someone you’ve seen out and about in the area. We need to hear from you, even if it’s so that we can rule somebody out of our investigation.

“We are determined to bring this dangerous man to justice, and the information you provide could be pivotal.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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