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£3,000 reward offered to catch paedophile who raped 11-year-old Crawley girl

Published December 18, 2014 by misty534

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A REWARD of £3,000 has been offered to help track down the man who raped an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school.

Crimestoppers has put forward the financial incentive for information which leads to the man’s arrest and conviction.

The young girl was attacked as she walked along Balcombe Road, in Pound Hill, at a busy time of day in broad daylight.

Her attacker grabbed her and dragged her into a secluded footpath – between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road – where he pushed her into bushes and raped her.

The shocking attack happened on or around September 22, although the exact date is uncertain as the child was so traumatised she only found the courage to report it recently.

She first told a member of staff at her school and the attack was then immediately reported to Sussex Police.

John Wright, chairman of Crawley Neighbourhood Watch, is urging parents to make sure their children do not walk alone wherever possible.

He said: “We always say to children, and adults as well, that they shouldn’t be walking alone.

“Go home with a friend. Always be in pairs at the least and be vigilant.

“It was truly horrific what happened to that poor girl.

“The area immediately around that footpath is built up with homes and Balcombe Road is a major road so someone must have heard or seen something.

“There must be a driver, a cyclist, pedestrian or resident who noticed something out of the ordinary that day.

“They need to come forward. No matter how insignificant it seems, that information could be the last piece of the jigsaw needed to catch this man.”

Forensic investigators have scoured the area searching for DNA clues to help identify the attacker.

Officers have also carried out house-to-house inquiries.

The girl and her family are now being supported by specially trained officers.

An e-fit of the suspect has been put together, with the help of the victim.

He is described as being aged about 40, with ginger and grey hair, and gingery stubble. He was wearing a black fleece, a beanie hat and a knee-length, khaki-coloured coat.

Angela Hollinshead, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Surrey and Sussex, said: “This man needs to be caught as soon as possible.

“We need to be sure that no other child falls victims to such an horrific attack. Our phone line and anonymous online form are accessible 24 hours a day.”

To qualify for the reward of up to £3,000, information must be passed to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information on the rape is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or go online to http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Although the attack occurred in the daytime, Pound Hill South and Worth borough councillor Bob Lanzer said this week that money could be found to ensure that the footpath where the attack happened is better lit, given how secluded it is.

Crimestoppers and Humberside Police tackling child sexual exploitation

Published November 6, 2014 by misty534

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Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign to support Humberside Police in tackling Child Sexual Exploitation.

Working alongside partner agencies including the local authorities, the NHS and the High Sheriff of East Riding of Yorkshire, the awareness campaign is being rolled out across the whole of the Humberside Police force area staring with events today in Scunthorpe and Grimsby.

The aim of the campaign is to help members of the public recognise possible signs of CSE through a range of media resources including posters, leaflets, billboards, bus stops and calling cards that are being distributed across the area to help spread the message.

Chief Constable Justine Curran said: “Humberside Police is committed to preventing child sexual exploitation, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.

“The issue of child sexual exploitation is here and now. It can affect any child, anytime, anywhere regardless of their social or ethnic background and we all have to work together to protect our young people and to educate them about their choices.

“Child sexual exploitation does take place in the Humberside Policing area and a huge amount of work is being done to tackle it. We have centralised our Protecting Vulnerable People unit to make sure we have a consistent approach across the force and we have focused specialist officers on identifying suspects and potential victims, working on preventing and resolving cases and offering support to victims and their families.

“Working closely with our partners in schools, social services and other areas, we are all absolutely committed to eradicating this devastating abuse across our communities.

“But as a community, we all have a responsibility to get involved in prevention. Men and women target vulnerable young people, who often feel isolated and unloved. They often make initial contact online and gain young people’s trust by listening to their problems, complimenting them, offering them affection and giving them gifts. Once they have gained their trust they manipulate and control them, sometimes through the use of alcohol and drugs, into sexual activity. Very often these young people believe they are in a loving relationship and do not know they are a victim.

“Offenders also manipulate young people by treating them as adults. They may give them expensive gifts and invite them to parties, offering them alcohol and drugs, before taking advantage of them when they are under the influence. Sometimes offenders operate alone, other times in groups.

“It is important to put stereotypes out of our minds. Talking about “dirty old men” is not helpful. Both adult men and women of varying ages engage in this type of offending. There has been a lot of media coverage recently on gangs of Asian men engaged in this type of activity in other areas of the country. Although we must confront and be open about that particular issue, the fact that it hits the headlines does not mean it is the most common form of abuse, or that it is all we should focus on. It is important to point out that 80 per cent of this type of offending is carried out by white men acting alone.

“Along with the police, parents have a responsibility to educate their children about sexual relationships and the lifestyle choices they make. They also have a responsibility to know what their children are doing online and who they are talking to, giving them sensible advice on how to stay safe.

“We all have a responsibility to be vigilant in our communities, bringing suspicious behavior to the attention of the police and other agencies. It is easy to ignore activity like young people visiting an adult in a house on a regular basis, or adults being in the company of children in the community when something about it doesn’t quite add up. Please do not dismiss what you see as paranoia, call us and let us make that assessment.

“We will continue to target offenders and prosecute them, helping to drive the message home to everyone that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and that the police will take swift and effective action.”

For more information go to http://www.humberside.police.uk/tellsomeone

  • by Stephanie Bateman

Child sex assault: Fat man still sought

Published May 3, 2013 by misty534

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POLICE are still hunting for a man who sexually assaulted a two-year-old in Bromley Cross.

Bolton Council has alerted all schools in the borough about the attack, which happened on April 17, at about 3.50pm, at the junction of Smith Lane and Darwen Road.

A mother was standing with her children, waiting to cross the road. She was talking to her son, but turned around to see a man who was “inappropriately touching” her daughter’s leg. When she challenged him, he moved his hand away and fled. Police have received a number of leads, which they are following up.

The man is described as white, of heavy build and with a large belly. He has shoulder-length grey hair and grey stubble. He appeared dirty and unkempt, and was wearing a dark zip-up jacket which looked too small for him, and navy blue jogging bottoms.

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 5761 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

The Bolton News

Man exposed himself to children in Horfield play area

Published March 28, 2013 by misty534

man exposed himself to children in a Horfield play area.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident across the road from Horfield Leisure Centre in Dorian Road.

 
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The incident occurred on Monday, March 25 between 2pm and 3pm.

He was described as white, in his late 40s and quite short. He was wearing a black wool hat with a red lion logo on the front. He had a dark green or brown long coat with a cord round the waist and black baggy trousers.

Anyone who was in this area at the time and has any information about the incident should contact the police on 101 or can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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