Girl, 11, sexually assaulted on way to school

An efit of a man being hunted in connection with a sex attack in Wigan
An efit of a man being hunted in connection with a sex attack in Wigan

THIS is the face of a man being hunted over a horrific attack on an 11-year-old Wigan schoolgirl.

The terrifying incident happened at around 8.30am on either Monday, June 29 or Tuesday, June 30 as the victim made her way to school.

She was walking along Sandway near to Beech Hill Lane when she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted.

The girl managed to break free and ran away.

Her attacker is described as white, 30 to 40-years-old, around 5ft 8in tall and of skinny build, with long, wavy dark hair and stubble.

He was wearing light blue baggy jeans and a light-coloured t-shirt. He spoke with a Welsh accent and had missing and discoloured teeth.

Det Insp Martin Reddington, of Wigan division, said: “Specially trained officers have been providing support to the girl after what was a very distressing incident.

“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 the man.

“It is possible he may have been in the area for some time.

“We have released am e-fit of a man we want to speak to in connection with this incident and I urge you to contact police if you recognise him.

“We are keen to speak to a middle-aged man with white hair who was walking a dog on the field between Sandway and Harbury Close who may have seen the offender on the Monday or Tuesday morning, to help us with our enquiries.

“We are also investigating if this incident is linked to another incident that happened at around the same time on Woodhouse Lane in Wigan.”

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