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Police make national appeal after Legoland sexual assault

Efit of man released on BBC's crimewatch programme after two six-year-old girls assaulted

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Police make national appeal after Legoland sexual assault

THAMES Valley Police has made a national appeal via Crimewatch regarding the sexual assault of two six-year-old girls at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

Police released an E-Fit of the offender through the BBC’s programme last night.

The offence happened during the summer holidays at Castaway Camp in Pirate Shores, LEGOLAND, Windsor, between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Thursday August 11.

The offender touched the victims, two six-year-old girls, inappropriately while they were playing inside one of the towers.

The incident lasted approximately two minutes.

The offender was also seen talking to other children and offering to help lift them onto play equipment.

The offender, who is not known to the victims, is a white man, in his teens or early twenties, possibly under 5ft 8ins. He was wearing dark-coloured slim fitting trousers, a dark-coloured T-shirt, and trainers.

Investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Andy Howard of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “We continue to appeal for the public’s help to find the person responsible for this offence.

“The offender may have travelled to LEGOLAND Windsor on the day of the offence with others; either his own family or with friends, however at the time of the offence he was described as being alone.

“Please look at the E-Fit; this man is somebody’s son, and he could be somebody’s father, partner or brother. Someone will know who he is and I would urge you to come forward with information. Any names that the public put forward can be implicated or eliminated from our investigation very quickly.

“If you recognise the face of the man in the E-Fit or the description given, please contact police immediately on 101 and quote reference number 705 (12/08).

“If you went to LEGOLAND Windsor on Thursday August 11 please check any photographs you may have taken to see if you can spot anyone who looks like the man in this E-Fit. If you have any photographs you want to share with us please email them to OperationLoyal@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

“We are working closely with LEGOLAND Windsor to progress this investigation and this includes a review of the CCTV. About 14,200 people attended the theme park that day so this will be a painstaking process and one that needs to be carried out thoroughly and carefully.

“I would like to thank the public and the media for their help with our investigation so far and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

A 22-year-old man from Bracknell previously arrested in connection with the investigation had been re-bailed but has now been released without charge.

 

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