POLICE have released more details about the man they are searching for after an 11-year-old schoolgirl was assaulted in Donnington on Friday.
The attack in Love Lane at 3.30pm was the second incident in the neighbourhood involving young girls in a week, following an attempted abduction of an eight-year-old last Tuesday (April 19) in nearby Shaw.
In the latest incident on 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 is described as “scruffy” with tattoos on his left arm and tanned with facial stubble. He was wearing ripped jeans.
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) there was an attempted abduction of another girl, aged eight, in Shaw.
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 is described as being 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 said today (Monday) that they are not linking the two incidents.
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 on Friday to contact police on the non emergency number 101, quoting URN 916 (22/4).