West Midlands Police detectives have today released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to in relation to a sexual assault on a teenage girl which took place in West Heath earlier this year.

The attack happened at around midday on Tuesday 28th May when a 13-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she was walking on Rednal Road. The man grabbed her and pulled her towards some bushes where he carried out the assault.

The teenager managed to break free and ran off to a friend’s house before contacting police.

Over recent months, specialist officers have been supporting the schoolgirl and helping her through the long and difficult process of compiling an e-fit, police have been examining CCTV footage and speaking to local residents, possible witnesses and securing possible forensic evidence.

efitThe investigation team now want to hear from anyone who recognises the man  or anyone with any information about the attack.

He is described as white, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, average build, 5ft 7ins tall, brown eyes and had two teeth missing. He was wearing a black hooded top, black jogging bottoms, black trainers and was carrying a rucksack.

Detective Constable Nadia Alazzawi, from West Bromwich Police, said: “This was a frightening incident for the young girl and although she wasn’t injured she was very shaken up by what happened.

“While this appears to be an isolated attack, this behaviour is totally unacceptable and we are determined to find the person responsible for this attack.

“The teenager did exactly the right thing by running away and contacting police as soon as she could. Specially trained officers have been supporting her and we have been conducting a number of enquiries to find the offender.

“By releasing this e-fit we hope someone may recognise the suspect and can come forward with information that could help our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or alternatively call the independent charity,Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For information and advice about personal safety visit www.safer-streets.org

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