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Police increase patrols after serious sexual assault in Nottinghamshire

Police have stepped up high-visibility reassurance patrols as inquiries continue into a report of a serious sexual assault on a girl.

The incident took place in an alleyway off St Mary’s Memorial Gardens, Newark, from around 7.45pm yesterday (Thursday 28 December 2023).

There is currently heightened police activity in the area while investigations continue.

Detective Inspector Stuart Barson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While incidents of this nature are extremely rare, they are very concerning for the public.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident and I would like to reassure people we have a large team of officers working on this investigation and we are doing everything we can to find those responsible.

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“Specialist officers are supporting the girl and her family at this difficult time. We have increased our visible presence in the area to reassure the local community as we continue with our lines of inquiry.

“I would encourage people to speak to our officers if they have any concerns or information.

“To assist us with our inquiries we’re appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or anyone acting suspiciously around this time to please get in touch with us.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have recorded CCTV or dash-cam footage which may be relevant to our inquiries.

“I’d also encourage the public to remain vigilant in the area and report anything out of the ordinary to us.”

Anyone who saw anything or who has any information that can aid officers in their investigation is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 666 of 28 December 2023. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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