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Extra patrols planned after suspicious incident

Additional patrols are being carried out following a suspicious incident in Emersons Green yesterday evening (Sunday 17 October).

Two boys and a girl were walking near Emersons Green Park at approximately 7pm when an unknown male approached them.

The male spoke with them before attempting to kiss one of the boys.

The trio managed to run away and seek assistance from people living at a nearby address.

The victim sustained a small cut to his ear and a mark on his forehead, but otherwise sustained no other physical harm in the incident. He will be able to access support services.

The suspect is described as male, white and about 40-50 years old. He was said to be wearing a farmer’s cap with grey squares on it, a blue waterpoof jacket, jeans and a black and green T-shirt. He was walking a dog at the time of the incident.

Neighbourhood Inspector Clive Summerill said: “We are taking this incident extremely seriously and members of the public can expect to see an increased high-visibility police presence in the area, with extra patrols planned.

“We’d like to reassure the public that at this time we’re not aware of any other similar incidents recently having taken place. But we would urge anyone who has experienced something like this to make sure they report it to the police.

“The victim and his friends did the right thing in getting to a place of safety and telling an adult what had happened so we could be contacted soon after the incident.”

Anyone who can assist our enquiries is urged to call 101 and give reference number 5221243438.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.