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9 August 2013, 15:50
Detectives in Bedford are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an 11 year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she played with friends on Tuesday afternoon (August 6).
The incident happened at around 12.20pm as the 11 year-old victim was with a number of other children in Oldfield Road, Bedford. The youngster was approached by the offender who asked her and her friends numerous questions.
The victim said that the group did not speak to strangers and at this point the offender poked her chest. The victim and the other children ran before reporting the incident to her parents who called the police.
The offender is described as an elderly Asian male, with a black and grey beard, wearing a long, beige shirt, matching trousers and hat. The victim said that the offender appeared to have eyes that pointed in different direction and walked with a walking stick.
Detective Constable Ian Johnson, who is investigating the incident, is keen to speak with anyone who was in Oldfield Road on Tuesday afternoon and may have seen the offender either before or after the incident.
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Johnson, in confidence, on 01234 275113, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.