Witness appeal after sexual assault in Sheffield

Date published: 23 June 2022 13:34
Dated: 23 June 2022 11:27:57

Detectives in Sheffield are investigating after a 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home from school.

It is reported that the girl was approached by a man as she walked the path leading from Stradbroke Road to Coisley Hill, in the Richmond area of the city on Tuesday (21 June) shortly after 3pm. The man is then said to have grabbed her by the throat, before sexually assaulting her.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 6 tall, of a muscular build with red blotches on his face, blue/grey eyes and greying stubble. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved jumper, black or grey trousers or jeans, dark coloured shoes or boots, a black beanie hat with a fold around the rim, and a black face covering.

Detective Inspector Chris Ronayne, leading the investigation, said: “The victim of this attack has shown great bravery in reporting this to us and she continues to be supported by her family and specialist services.

“We want to hear from anyone who was in that area at the time of the attack and may have noticed something suspicious to please get in touch with us. Did you see someone loitering in the area or acting suspiciously?

“We are particularly keen to speak to two school girls who the victim saw as she walked along the path. Please come forward and speak to us as you could help us with our investigation.

“We understand incidents like this are of real concern to the community. We have a dedicated team of specialist officers and staff working on the investigation and you will see increased patrols in the local area to support you. If you have concerns please do not hesitate to approach us.”

Anyone with any information which could help the inquiry is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 700 of 21 June.

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