West Midlands Police are seeking information following a sexual assault on a schoolgirl yesterday morning in Kings Norton (Friday 16th January).
A man approached a 13 year old girl on her way to St Thomas Aquinas RC School. He carried the girl from Popes Lane in to adjacent woodland where he sexually assaulted her.
The girl bravely fought off the attacker and he ran off. The girl raised the alarm with a passerby who escorted the girl to school.
The attacker is described as:
- White male
- Dressed all in black including scarf, gloves and hat
- Distinctive lump on nose, possibly from a broken nose at some stage
Sergeant Guy Stephenson from the Child Protection Unit at Ladywood police station, said: “Thankfully the girl was physically unhurt but clearly this was a frightening ordeal for her…she did really well in fighting the man off and quickly raising the alarm.
“If anyone was in the area at the time and saw a man matching the description, or knows someone who fits the bill, then I’d urge them to contact me immediately on the 101 number.”
It’s understood the man followed the girl, who had got off a bus nearby, from Kipling Road into Popes Lane and that he left the immediate vicinity on foot.
An area of Popes Lane was cordoned off while officers searched the scene with specialist dog units, and CCTV in the area is also being examined to see if the offender is caught on camera.
Sgt Stephenson said at this stage the attack is being treated as an isolated incident. He added: “There have not been any other reports of similar approaches to children in the area. We’ve liaised with the school and a letter has gone out to parents alerting them to the assault and urging them and their children to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.”
Advice in the regular St Thomas Aquinas School Friday newsletter read: “Parents and students are reminded to be very vigilant when travelling to and from school and to avoid walking alone, especially in Pope's Lane.”
Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police’s Child Protection Unit at Ladywood police station on the 101 number.
Our thoughts and best wishes to the victim and her family.