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26 May 2013, 07:14 | Updated: 26 May 2013, 09:07
Police have started an investigation after an 11 year old girl reported being sexually assaulted while walking near Central Milton Keynes.
She had been walking across a bridge over the H6 Childs Way from Fishermead, towards Avebury Boulevard, when she was approached by a man from behind.
The alleged attack happened shortly after 7.20am on Friday 24 May 2013. Thames Valley Police say the man pushed the girl to the ground and sexually assaulted her, before running away.
The offender is described as white and aged around 30 with green or brown eyes. He was around 5ft 9ins and of a thin build with brown hair.
Police say at the time of the offence, he was believed to be wearing a dark blue hooded top with a dot of white paint on the back, dark blue jeans and brown safety boots with steel toecaps.
Investigating officer Det Sgt Brenda McDaid from Milton Keynes local CID said: “This was at a time of day when there would have been a lot of people around in the area, so we want to talk to anyone who saw a man matching this description.
“I would like to reassure the community that we will do all we can to find the offender and our officers are conducting patrols on the area, so if anyone has any concerns, please do speak to one of the officers.”
Local Police Area Commander Barry Halliday said: “These types of offences are extremely rare and I want to reassure people that everything is being done to locate and arrest this individual.
“I would ask people to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to officers. And anyone who has any concerns at all, please do approach a member of our neighbourhood team out on patrol.”
Anyone with information can contact Det Sgt McDaid on 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.