Schoolgirl, 12, sexually assaulted in horror park attack as cops hunt suspect

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in a horror park attack.

West Yorkshire Police have released CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with the assault.

The girl was grabbed and “indecently touched” by a man as she was walking through Bowling Park in Bradford.

The attack took place on October 11, at around 8.10am. She managed to escape from the man, but was “understandably shaken”, a police spokesman has said.

Her phone was stolen by the man, although he dropped it shortly after.

Now CCTV images of the possible assailant have been released in an attempt to locate the man.

Detective Inspector Julie Deacon of Bradford District Police said: “A substantial number of enquiries have been ongoing into what has been a serious but isolated incident, which we have recorded as a sexual assault.

“We are now in a position to release CCTV images of a man we would like to speak with in connection with the incident, and would ask anyone who can help identify him to get in touch.

“Anyone with information about the man or the offence is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13210519025.

“Information can also be given online at westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

The call for information comes just a few days after West Yorkshire Police issues warning about drink spiking in the area.

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According to the Telegraph and Argus, one of the recent victims was a young as 12, with an FOI request that 123 cases, 32 of which were linked to sexual offences had occurred up until October 24 this year.

A WYP spokesman said: “Offending can take place against women and men in a wide variety of scenarios including domestic situations in which an attempt is made by a person to harm another known to them, and in the nighttime economy.

“This kind of offending in the night-time economy has of course come to prominence as part of the wider debate around violence against women. The issue of women’s safety is rightly a key national and local issue and we do understand the genuine safety concerns that women have.”

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