Police in the UK have revealed that an 11-year-old girl has been raped in a horrific attack as she was walking home from school.
Sussex police also say that the unidentified victim was left so distressed by the alleged attack which happened a number of weeks ago that she only found the courage to report the horrific attack recently.
It is understood that the girl told police officers that she was pushed into bushes on a footpath between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road, Crawley, where she was allegedly raped.
Detective Inspector James Norbury, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, made a statement regarding the attack saying: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the young victim who has only just built up the courage to report it and she and her family are now being supported by specially trained officers. “Although she can’t remember the exact day it happened, she believes it is around September 22.
He went onto say: “It was light and a busy time of day so we are appealing to anyone who might have been in that area of Maidenbower around 3pm.”
According to police reports the girl’s alleged attacker is believed to be aged about 40, with ginger and grey hair, ginger face stubble and he was wearing a black fleece beanie hat and a knee-length khaki-coloured coat.