We’ve been continuing to patrol the Weymouth and Eastbourne Avenue areas of Gosport today (Friday) after an attempted sexual assault on Wednesday 11 October.
We are now also issuing an e-fit image of a man we would like to speak to as part of our enquiries.
A 12-year-old girl was walking to school through an alleyway off Weymouth Avenue leading onto Eastbourne Avenue, between 8am and 8:15am on Wednesday, when a man grabbed her by the arm.
The man tried to put his hand down her top, the girl managed to struggle free and ran to safety.
She described the man as:
- He was aged in his early 40s.
- He was around 6ft tall and of muscular build.
- He had short, blond, greasy hair.
- He was wearing a dark blue hooded top.
An e-fit image of the man has now been prepared with the victim and is attached to this appeal.
Gosport District Commander, Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich said: “I understand that this type of incident will be of concern to local parents. Officers will be patrolling the area around Weymouth and Eastbourne Avenues every morning and afternoon when school children will be in the area for the next few weeks.
“We are also speaking to schools and our partners to offer advice on personal safety. I’d remind children to walk in groups where possible and to stick to well trafficked and well-lit areas.
“Officers are following a number of lines of enquiry to progress this investigation, including reviewing CCTV and preparing an e-fit image of the man.
“If you have any concerns please call us on 101 and ask for Gosport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team or speak to one of our officers patrolling the area".
If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '44170394329', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.