A six-year-old girl was reportedly sexually assaulted in a park after being lured into a wooded area.
The schoolgirl was playing with her family at a playground when she was briefly coaxed away.
Her mother did not see the incident but called the police when her daughter told her about it on the way home.
The reported attack happened in Rowheath Park in Bournville, a village around 5 miles south of Birmingham.
Police are searching for a boy who is described as being between the ages of 12 and 16. He was wearing a blue jacket and jeans.
West Midlands Police said ‘based on what we’ve been told, we are investigating a sexual assault’ and confirmed an investigation is ongoing.
Forensic specialists have been drafted in and CCTV in the area is being trawled, as well as door to enquiries.
Detective inspector Matt Stone said: ‘Fortunately awful incidents like this are extremely rare.
‘We’re supporting the young girl and her family and have sought their permission to share what has happened today as we urgently need to find the boy involved.
‘While we do not wish to alarm local people or anyone visiting the park, we wish for people to be aware and alert, and tell us anything which may assist our investigation.
‘The circumstances in which the boy approached the little girl are extremely unusual and we’re doing all we can to find out who he is.’
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