Boy, 16, arrested after girl, 6, lured away from playground in Birmingham and sexually assaulted

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Police arrest teenager, 16, after girl, 6, was lured away from a playground in Birmingham and sexually assaulted in woods

Young girl was lured into a wooded area by a boy at Rowheath Park in Bournville West Midlands Police announced the arrest on Sunday of a 16-year-old teen The force said he was arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of sexual assault  

By Laurence Dollimore For Mailonline

Published: 06:19 EDT, 19 September 2021 | Updated: 10:44 EDT, 19 September 2021

Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy after a girl, aged six, was sexually assaulted after being lured away from a playground in Birmingham on Saturday. 

The girl was with her family when she was 'momentarily lured' into a nearby wooded area by a boy at Rowheath Park in Bournville, at around midday. 

Police were called after the girl told her mother of the alleged attack on their way home from the park.   

West Midlands Police said a boy was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Birmingham Sunday. 

He remained in custody for questioning this afternoon.

A statement added: 'A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. 

'Our investigation is ongoing and we continue to support the little girl and her family. 

The girl was with her family when she was 'momentarily lured' into a nearby wooded area by a boy at Rowheath Park in Bournville (pictured) at around midday on Saturday

'They have of course, been kept updated with this development.'

Police said they have deployed extra officers to the area to speak to local residents and park-goers to offer reassurance amid the investigation.

They previously announced that forensic teams had been on the scene gathering evidence. 

The force also said it was increasing patrols to offer reassurance. 

Detective Inspector Matt Stone, from the public protection unit, urged people not to make 'distressing' and 'unhelpful' comments speculating on the circumstances of the incident.

He said: 'This arrest is a significant development as our investigation continues at pace.

'I'd still urge anyone with any information, who hasn't yet contacted us, to do so as soon as possible.

'There have been lots of comments on social media. I thank people for sharing our appeal, and those who got in touch with information.

'However I'd ask that people do not speculate on the circumstances, it is unhelpful to our investigation and distressing for those involved.'

Anyone with any information can should call the force on 101 quoting crime number 20/749042/21.    

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