The incident happened at around 11:00 when the victim, who was enjoying a day at Fort Victoria with her family, was approached by a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her and then walked away. The incident sparked a large land and air search, as first reported by Island Echo.
Tonight, the hunt for the assailant continues after a man arrested earlier today was released without charge having been found not to be connected to the shocking incident.
The suspect is described as:
– White man with pale skin
– In his 50s
– Uncut grey hair
– Clean shaven
– About six feet tall
– Average build
– Deep voice
At the time of the incident the man was wearing a short-sleeved shirt with dark blue and light blue stripes and blue jeans.
Detective Sergeant John Stirling, said:
“This was a rare but very serious incident against a child, during the day in a busy picnic site.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who recognises the man from the description.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DS Stirling at the Isle of Wight Investigation Team on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Hampshire Constabulary have now increased patrols in the West Wight area over the weekend to reassure the local community.
UPDATE FRIDAY 12th: No further information has been released by Police regarding this shocking attack, despite it’s severity, however it is understood the suspect is still being sought.
Information received by Island Echo suggests a young girl has since been approached by a man in the Hallets Shute area of Yarmouth on Tuesday, however thankfully she alerted her mum to the situation when she saw the man watching through hedges. The man is said to have run away through a nearby riding stable.
The incident has been reported to Police according to sources, however there have been suggestions that the parents were asked to ‘keep quiet’ about the incident.