Police patrols increased after reported rape of 12-year-old girl

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Police patrols have been stepped up following reports that a 12-year-old girl was raped at a play park in Harrowden, Bradville.

The attacked happened around 3pm on March 23 when the girl was reported to have been playing on her own in the park. A man pulled her to the woodland area, attacked her and then fled.

The incident was reported to police on Saturday and a scene watch was set up so a forensic examination could be carried out.

The offender is described as white, aged around 45 and skinny. He had very short grey or black hair. He spoke with a Scottish accent and was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and black Dr Martens boots.

Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Justin Fletcher, said: “We would urge anyone who saw the victim or a man answering this description in the area around that time to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“We take all allegations of a sexual nature very seriously and understand how difficult it can be for victims to come forward. While this was a very traumatic incident for the victim, it is also very rare. We would like to reassure the community that we are investigating the matter fully and patrols will be in the area to provide extra reassurance.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to call 101 quoting URN 589 05/05/13.