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School girl assaulted in Donnington

Urgent police appeal for information

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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jane.meredith@newburynews.co.uk

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AN ELEVEN-year old girl was assaulted yesterday (Friday) in Donnington, with an urgent police appeal for information about the incident.

This was the second incident in the neighbourhood involving girls in a week, following an attempted abduction of an eight-year-old last Tuesday (April 19) in the neighbouring area of Shaw.

According to Thames Valley Police (TVP), in the latest incident yesterday (Friday April 22), the 11-year-old girl was walking along Love Lane at around 3.30pm from Trinity School towards Shaw-Cum-Donnington Primary School, when she was approached from behind by a white man in his 40s.

He was described as “scruffy”.

Investigating officer, Det Con Snezhanna Lennon of Force CID, based at Newbury Police Station, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim.

“Extra patrols from the neighbourhood policing team are in the area. I would like to reassure the community that we are conducting a thorough investigation to find out what happened.”

Last Tuesday (April 19), also according to Thames Valley Police (TVP), there was an attempted abduction of another girl, aged eight, in Shaw, an area which neighbours Donnington.

The girl was riding her bicycle in Owen Road at about 5pm, when a vehicle driven by a woman pulled up beside her.

The woman got out of the black, four door vehicle, which was small to medium in size, with blacked out windows, grabbed the girl by the arm and told her to get into the car.

The girl broke free and fled on her bicycle and was left shaken in the incident.

The woman was in her forties or fifties, of medium build with blonde/mousey/brown shoulder length hair. She was wearing a white knitted jumper and skinny light blue jeans.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed either incident, or saw anything suspicious, including between 3 and 4pm in Donnington yesterday (Friday) to contact police on the non emergency number 101, quoting URN 916 (22/4).

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