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Rape of 11-year-old girl in north London

November 26, 2012, 10:47 am

Detectives investigating the rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Lower
Edmonton park are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information.

On Friday 23 November at approx. 16:30hrs, the girl caught a route 192
bus home from school in Enfield town and alighted in Bury Street N9 at
approx. 17:00hrs.

Whilst walking north along Galliard Road, the victim, who was dressed in
her school uniform, was dragged inside Jubilee Park to the pitch and put
area and was raped.

The victim, who is white and of a petite frame, returned home between
19:45hrs-20:00hrs, at which point her family were alerted to what had
happened.

Police were immediately called and officers attended the address. The
girl was taken to hospital where she is currently being treated for
serious injuries sustained during the attack. She has undergone surgery
and is now recovering.

The suspect is described as black with afro hair, wearing a dark grey
top and black baggy jeans.

Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, who is leading the investigation
for the Sapphire Command, said:

“This was a horrific and unusual attack of a defenceless school girl
making her way home via her usual route, along one of Enfield’s busiest
shortcuts, at the beginning of Friday afternoon rush-hour.

“She says the attack happened for some considerable time – possibly in
the region of two to three hours.

“I am appealing to motorists, pedestrians and any one who may have been
using the park between 16.45hrs-20.00hrs, who may have seen a man
following a girl in school uniform, to contact us.

“At present an extensive search of the park is underway and local
officers are conducting house to house enquiries, and we have already
been receiving helpful information from members of the public.

“Given the significant and unaccounted amount of time between the
incident and the victim’s arrival home, we are particularly keen to
speak to anyone who may have seen her possibly appearing confused or
dishevelled following her ordeal. All calls will be treated in the
utmost confidence.”

Chief Inspector Taylor Wilson, based at Enfield, said:

“Over the course of the weekend police have been working using every
resource available to support the victim, identify the suspect and
provide a police response to increase confidence and provide reassurance
to residents.

“Although this is an isolated and extremely rare incident, we are
treating this with the utmost seriousness.

“A number of specific reassurance measures have been put in place by
Enfield Police. With immediate effect, officers have increased patrols
at Jubilee Park and other parks within the borough. There will be a high
visibility police presence around schools, and we are in close liaison
with key partner agencies and to keep our communities, especially
parents and pupils, fully informed of any developments.

“The investigation is being run by a specialised unit from Edmonton
Police Station. They are working hard identify the suspect and offer
dedicated support to the victim and her family.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information that could assist police should
call the incident room on 020 8345 4326 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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