Detectives want to identify woman who drove off with possible suspect in van
Author: Polly BayfieldPublished March 18, 2022
Last updated March 18, 2022
West Midlands Police have launched a new plea for information about a sexual assault on a young girl in Birmingham.
Detectives want to identify a woman who drove off with a possible suspect in a van.
The investigation was launched after a six-year-old girl was attacked by a boy – believed to be in his early to mid-teens – in a wooded area of Rowheath Park, Bournville, on September 18 last year.
In a statement, the police say; A possible suspect was seen getting into a white van parked next to Heath Road park and being driven by a white woman with dark blond hair.
The teen – who is thought to be at least 13 to 14 years old and also described as white and with similar dark blond hair – was then chased away.
Detective Inspector Neil Hunt, said: “We understand the concerns and the impact this terrible incident had on the Bournville community. We are exactly six months away from the date and this has remained an ongoing investigation.
“This was clearly very distressing to the young girl and her family and we spoke to them before reminiscing about making this new appeal. Whoever was involved never came forward and it is important that we do everything we can to find them as age cannot be an excuse.
“We’ve spent a lot of time scouring CCTV, looking into forensic capabilities and speaking to people in the area. We appreciate the descriptions still aren’t the clearest, but we’d really like to speak to the woman who parked in a white car.” van and turned out to be picking up a teenager.
“He has never been identified and we would urge him to come and talk to us. If he wasn’t involved, we can rule him out and he may have some important information.
“The woman in the van may not be aware of what happened in the park shortly before and again we would ask her to talk to us.
Police say there have been no reports of children being approached in the park since September 18.
“We have continued to monitor the area as part of routine patrols and will again have agents in the park in the coming days to speak to anyone with concerns or information.
A 16-year-old boy who was arrested at the time and later released on bail has now been released without further action.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police.