A TEENAGER has been arrested after a six-year-old girl was lured away from a playground and sexually assaulted in a wooded area.
The girl was with her family when she was “momentarily lured” away by a boy at Rowheath Park in Bournville, Birmingham.
Cops have branded the horror attack “extremely rare” after the youngster was targeted around midday on Saturday.
She is said to have told her mum what happened on their way home from the park, shortly after the assault took place.
West Midlands Police today said a boy, 16, had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and he remains in custody for questioning.
A spokesperson said: “A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
“Earlier today, we appealed for your help after a child reported a sexual assault in Rowheath Park, Birmingham at around midday on September 18.
“The six-year-old girl was with her family on the playground when she was momentarily lured into a nearby wooded area.
“The boy was arrested earlier in Birmingham, he’s in our custody for questioning.
“Our investigation is ongoing and we continue to support the little girl and her family. They have of course, been kept updated with this development.”
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Extra officers have been deployed in the area and park-goers have been urged to report any information.
The force also urged anyone visiting the park to be “aware and alert”.
Detective Inspector Matt Stone, from West Midlands Police’s 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 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’s unhelpful to our investigation and distressing for those involved.”
He said previously that “fortunately awful incidents like this are extremely rare”.
“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,” he added.
Anyone with any information is urged to call police on 101 quoting crime number 20/749042/21.