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27 April 2010, 16:11
A 14-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in Milton Keynes.
It happened at about 8pm on Sunday night, when she was walking home from the park in Great Holm. The victim was on a tree lined track between Kensington Drive and Goodwood, when she was held to the ground by three men while a fourth offender sexually assaulted her.
The main offender is of mixed race, in his early twenties, at least 6ft and had short black hair. He had a distinctive beard from his jaw line down his neck but no hair on his face. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black or dark grey tracksuit bottoms and a light blue jumper.
The second offender is also of mixed race, late teens to early twenties, 5ft 8ins and skinny. He was wearing a baseball cap, white T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe down the side and black chunky trainers.
The other two offenders are both white, in their early twenties, about 5ft 8ins and skinny. One was wearing a black baseball cap, black or dark grey tracksuit bottoms and a blue T-shirt. The second offender was wearing a denim type hat with a short peak, dark blue jumper with red marks and navy blue tracksuit bottoms.
The father of the victim has made a personal appeal for the public’s help to catch the offenders, he said:
“This happened 30 yards away from a recreation area in Great Holm where lots of children play. What these people have done to a 14-year-old girl; to my daughter, is beyond belief and they need to be stopped. This is has left me and my family absolutely devastated and makes me feel like I can’t look after my own daughter. I can’t bear to let her out of my sight. I have had to warn her sister and friends about what has happened and have told them they shouldn’t walk alone.
“I would ask anyone with any information to come forward and report it to the police regardless of whether they think it’s relevant or not. If they know who these men are they have to tell the police for the safety of their own sisters, daughters and cousins.”
Det Con Wendy Fellowes, working on the investigation said:
“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim but she has been very brave and has managed to give us some excellent descriptions of the offenders. We are sure that someone will know who these people are and I would ask them to call us or Crimestoppers if they don’t want to give their name, and tell us what they know.
“An attack of this nature is extremely rare in Milton Keynes and we are increasing patrols in the area to offer reassurance to local residents. We are also liaising with the local school to ensure they are aware and can give safety advice as they feel appropriate.”
Det Con Wendy Fellows has posted an appeal on YouTube in the hope it'll encourage anyone with information to get in touch.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Fellowes at Milton Keynes Police station on 0845 8 505 505. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.