Girl, 11, sexually assaulted

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POLICE are investigating a sexual assault on an eleven-year-old girl in Wigan.

The incident occurred at around 8.30am on either Monday 29 or Tuesday 30 June 2015 when an 11-year-old girl was walking to school on Sandway, near to Beech Hill Lane. A man grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. The girl managed to break free and ran away.

The attack happened in clear daylight so there may well have been people who were walking to work or school and either saw what happened or saw this man. It is possible he may have been in the area for some time. If you did see him, please call us

DI Martin Reddington

The man is described as white, around 40-years-old, approximately 5ft 8in tall and of skinny build, with long black hair and stubble. He was wearing light blue baggy jeans and a light-coloured t-shirt.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington of Wigan division said: “The girl is extremely distressed by what happened and we are working closely and sensitively with her to establish the facts.

“The attack happened in clear daylight so there may well have been people who were walking to work or school and either saw what happened or saw this man. It is possible he may have been in the area for some time. If you did see him, please call us.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen a man matching this description in the area to phone police as soon as possible, any information you provide could be vital in finding out who is responsible.

“It is also possible that this incident may be linked to another incident that occurred around the same time on Woodhouse Lane Wigan and enquiries into this are ongoing”.

“I would like to reassure the community we are doing all we can to find the offender and a dedicated plan is in place with officers patrolling the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.