Attempted sex attack in Loughton: Update

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Thames Valley Police’s investigation into an attempted sexual assault on a nine-year-old girl in Loughton on Thursday, is progressing.

Detectives arrested a 35-year-old man from the city, on Friday last week in connection with the attempted assault at Lodge Lake. He was released on Saturday and has since been eliminated from the inquiry.

An elderly woman believed to have seen the offender at the time of the attack, between 3.15pm and 4pm, has also come forward. She has spoken with detectives and has helped advance the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Luke Grove, investigating officer, said: “We still have a number of lines of enquiry which are being followed up at the moment.

“However, I would urge anyone in or around Lodge Lake who saw someone matching the description of the man to come forward.

“Although this appears to be an isolated incident, we have been working with schools to give safety advice and officers have been carrying out extra high visibility and plain clothes patrols to reassure the public and try and catch the offender.”

The suspect is light skinned, in his thirties and about 5ft 9ins. He has very light blue bulging eyes, a long nose, tensed lips and tight cheeks. He was wearing black clothing and a black thermal hat.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Det Sgt Grove at Milton Keynes CID via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Information leading to a conviction may result in a reward.