Police hunt suspect after sex attacker assaulted girl, 13 on her way to school after grabbing her and dragging her along road
- The man approached the youngster as she made her way to school yesterday
- Detectives have now issued an image of the suspect who was caught on CCTV
- Police asked locals in the Thornton Heath area of Surrey to help identify him
Police are on the hunt after a sex attacker grabbed a young girl and dragged her along a road before assaulting her on her way to school.
The terrified 13-year-old managed to break free after the man approached her yesterday morning in the Thornton Heath area of Surrey.
She told her family what had happened before the police were called.
Detectives today issued an image of the suspect, who was caught on CCTV.
It shows that he had a rucksack on his back and was wearing a black Puffa style jacket.
Police released images of the suspect (pictured above) after a 13-year-old girl reported that she had been sexually assaulted
The sex attack happened in Thornton Heath, Surrey and police today appealed for help from the public in identifying the man.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Detectives are appealing for information and help to identify a man after a child reported being sexually assaulted.
‘We received a report of a 13-year-old girl having been approached by a man at 06:48hrs in the morning as she walked along Norfolk Road, Thornton Heath.
‘The suspect grabbed the victim, dragged her along the road and sexually assaulted her. Following a struggle the child managed to escape.
In one image the man is seen bent down doing his shoe lace. He was described as having his hair in cornrows
‘The suspect is described as a black male, 5ft 6ins tall, with hair in cornrows. At the time of the offence he was wearing a black Puffa jacket, grey trousers and black shoes.’
Detective Constable Penelope Rea, who is investigating the incident, said: ‘I am very keen to hear from anyone who can identify the male in the picture. If you think you have seen this male or know who he is please get in touch.
‘Your call could remove a criminal from your area or you could help eliminate someone from our inquiries.’
The spokesman said that the child was being supported by specially-trained officers.