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Can you help us solve a case of serious sexual assault from 2012?

Posted on 31st January 2017

We are asking the public to come forward with information about a serious sexual assault which happened in 2012.

The victim, who was 14-years-old at the time, has recently felt confident enough to contact us and report the crime.

She was riding her bicycle through the Maurice Lea Memorial Park, in York Road, Swadlincote, at around 4pm one day when the chain came off her bike and she stopped on the path to fix it.

Someone came up to her from behind, forced her into a bush and sexually assaulted her. When her attacker left, the girl walked out of the park and she remembers seeing a woman walking a chocolate brown Labrador.

The victim can’t remember the exact date of the attack but believes it to have been toward the end of the year as it was dark at that time of day.

We are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and we particularly want to trace the woman seen walking a dog. The victim recalls seeing this woman previously so she may live locally.

We are releasing photos of the scene and, with the victim’s permission, pictures of the distinctive bicycle that she was riding that day in a bid to jog peoples’ memory.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Gary Oakland on 101, quoting reference 16000380983

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.