West Midlands Police have arrested a man this morning in relation to the indecent assaults on schoolgirls in the Austin Village area of Turves Green, Northfield.
A member of the local community called officers at approximately 8.15am this morning after seeing somebody matching the description of the suspect in the area.
Within seconds of the call being received, officers were at the scene. Following a brief foot chase, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
Police are working with the local school to share this information and to reassure students and parents.
Sergeant Karl Pierpoint, responsible for policing across Longbridge, said: “We are pleased to have arrested a suspect in relation to these assaults and were able to quickly take action due to increased patrols around the area this morning.
“We would especially like to thank the person who called in to report the man and hope that the arrest will reassure local residents, students and parents.”
Two assaults were reported to police on Tuesday morning in the area of Hawkesley Drive and Laburnum Way. Both involved girls being grabbed from behind as they were walking to school.
Northfield Inspector Vanessa Eyles said: “This was an excellent arrest by one of the local neighbourhood teams who were actively patrolling this area. The officers and PCSO’s were trying to prevent any further offences and arrest the offender for these awful assaults.”
Inspector Eyles also appealed for anyone with any additional information to contact them: “We actively encourage anybody who has seen anything, particularly anybody who has suffered such an assault, to contact the Police as soon as possible on 101.”
She went on to thanks the local community: “We would like to thank those members of the community who have already been in touch and we would like to thank the local schools for passing our messages to pupils when necessary. Northfield Constituency is a great place to live, work and go to school and together we are making it even better.”
Anyone with information relating to these incidents, or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.