Police have arrested a teenage boy after a six-year-old girl was lured from a playground and sexually assaulted.
The child was out with her family at Rowheath Park in Bournville when she was ‘momentarily lured’ into a nearby wooded area.
It happened around midday on Saturday (Sept 18), with an urgent police appeal launched to find the suspect today.
In an update, police said a boy aged 16 was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault earlier in Birmingham.
He remained in custody for questioning this afternoon.
The update from West Midlands Police read: “A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
“Earlier today, we appealed for your help after a child reported a sexual assault in Rowheath Park, Birmingham at around midday yesterday (18 September).
“The six-year-old girl was with her family on the playground when she was momentarily lured into a nearby wooded area.
“The boy was arrested earlier in Birmingham, he’s in our custody for questioning.
“Our investigation is ongoing and we continue to support the little girl and her family. They have of course, been kept updated with this development.”
Police said they have deployed extra officers to the area to speak to local residents and park-goers to offer reassurance amid the investigation.
Detective Inspector Matt Stone, from our public protection unit, urged people not to make ‘distressing’ and ‘unhelpful’ comments speculating on the circumstances of the incident.
He said: “This arrest is a significant development as our investigation continues at pace.
“I’d still urge anyone with any information, who hasn’t yet contacted us, to do as soon as possible.
“There have been lots of comments on social media. I thank people for sharing our appeal, and those who got in touch with information.
“However I’d ask that people do not speculate on the circumstances, its unhelpful to our investigation and distressing for those involved.”
Anyone with any information can message police via Live Chat on the website or call the force on 101 quoting crime number 20/749042/21.
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