Detectives investigating sexual assault find set of keys
Detectives investigating the sexual assault of a teenage
girl in Purfleet are searching for the owner of a set of keys found
in woodland nearby.
The 13-year-old girl was walking her Jack Russell in woodland off
Centurion Way on Saturday, April 21, 2012 when she was
approached by a man who sexually assaulted her before running off
between 4pm and 8.30pm.
The keys were found during a search of the area.
Police were originally contacted by the girl’s parents just
before 7.30pm because she had not returned from the walk and they
were concerned for her welfare.
Officers found her an hour later in a distressed state in bushes
near to the Purfleet Military and Heritage Centre. She
was taken by paramedics to Basildon University Hospital where
specially-trained police officers spoke to her.
The dog returned home on its own at 8pm.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "We’re not
sure who these keys belong to and so need to rule them and their
owner out of enquiries.
"They may belong to a completely innocent person who has previously
walked in and around Centurion Way. We would like to reunite them
with their rightful owner.”
The wording on the green tag pictured states ‘Roller Shutter /
Workshop’ while the number on the grey fob reads ‘244’.
Officers are continuing to offer support to the girl and her
parents while their enquiries continue to focus on people who were
in the area on Saturday afternoon.
The suspect is described as white and aged around 30.
He is over 5ft 2ins tall and has chubby fingers. At the time, he
was wearing a black hoodie.
Anyone with information in connection with this sexual assault
is urged to contact detectives at Brentwood’s Sexual Offences
Investigation Team on 101.