Extra police on patrol following attempted rape of 11-year-old

West Midlands Police have issued a description of a suspect following the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in Solihull.

Extra police are on patrol in Babbs Mill Park today, following the attack on Friday (29 June).

The girl was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut to the neck from a knife. 

She was taken to hospital and has since been discharged and is being supported by specially trained officers.

The offender escaped after the assault, which happened at some time between 2.30pm and 2.50pm, and enquiries are underway to try to identify him. 

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

The man was with a white King Charles spaniel, which had light brown patches on its ears and body. The dog had a red collar and red extendable lead.

A number of items have already been recovered for forensic testing and officers are also exploring another recent incident to see if it is connected.

Reassurance patrols have been stepped up in the area while investigations continue.

Chief Inspector Colin Barnes, from Solihull police, said: “We fully understand the concern that this nasty attack has caused in the community.

“We’re working flat out to identify the person responsible and bring them to justice, with officers working through CCTV and carrying out house-to-house enquiries. 

“We’re liaising with schools and the local authority, and people can also expect to see extra uniformed patrols in and around the area.

“I’d encourage anyone with concerns or information that might help us to speak to officers.”

Anyone with information can call 101; quoting crime number 20SH/145636Y/18. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously in 0800 555 111.

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