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5 January 2011, 12:13 | Updated: 5 January 2011, 14:48
Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a serious sex assault on a teenager in Hemel Hempstead on New Years Day.
Between 5pm and 7pm a 15 year old girl had been walking along Washington Avenue when she was approached by a man who tried to engage her in conversation. The girl ignored him and walked on however he grabbed her and pulled her into an alleyway where he assaulted her. He further assaulted her at an address in Claymore.
Two men aged 28 and 31 years old from Hemel Hempstead have been arrested on suspicion of rape and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Steve Keating is investigating and said: “The attacker targeted a young and vulnerable girl and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened to contact police. If you have any information which would assist our inquiry I would ask that you contact police without delay. We understand members of the community may have concerns about the incident, but I would like to reassure members of the public that we are taking the incident extremely seriously and a team of officers are currently investigating the case. High visibility patrols are being increased in the area, but I would like to take this opportunity for members of the public to consider some personal safety tips whilst out and about.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222 quoting Operation Plano. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and could be entitled to a cash reward.
Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following advice: