Appeal for witnesses following alleged assault on boy

Date published: 19 July 2019 16:51
Dated: 19 July 2019 13:20:15

Detectives in Rotherham are asking for your help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection to an alleged sexual assault on an eight year-old boy. 

It is reported that yesterday, Thursday 18 July at 7:30pm, the boy was walking along Higham Road, Brampton Bierlow when a man approached him.

It is reported that the man took hold of the boy by his hips and removed his t-shirt. It is then alleged that the man tried to remove the boy’s shorts when an unknown passer-by started to shout. The offender then left the scene. The boy wasn’t injured in the incident. 

It is believed that this incident may be linked to other on-going investigations in the area and officers are keen to identify the alleged offender. 

He is described as being white, of an average build, short dark hair and facial stubble. He is reported to have been wearing an orange short-sleeved top, beige or sandy-coloured trousers which appeared dirty, especially below the knees. The man was not wearing shoes or socks.

Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: “I would like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to trace the man involved and this appeal is just one of our lines of enquiry.

“We understand incidents of this nature can be worrying and cause concerns for parents in our community. We are stepping up patrols in the area and will continue to work towards finding the man in connection to this incident. I would particularly like to hear from the person who shouted at the male and scared him off.” 

Officers would like to speak to witnesses or anyone who has information that may be able to help with their enquires.  

If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 942 of 18 July 2019.

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