Detectives said they believed the girl was taken off the street by a man on Warne Avenue, in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, just after 4pm on Wednesday. She was safely reunited with her family a short time later. According to GMP, she was led down a path towards a football field, then taken to a van where she was sexually assaulted before being left in the woods and finding her own way to a nearby park. Police have urged parents to be “extra vigilant”.
After releasing two pictures of a man said to have been “acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident”, the force released a third image.
A 35-year-old man — not the one pictured — was arrested on Wednesday and interviewed before being released with no further action on Thursday.
Detective Superintendent Richard Hunt, of GMP’s Ashton CID, said: “I’d like to commend the victim for her immense bravery in assisting police officers with our investigation, she is receiving support from specialist officers and partners at this really distressing time.
“Extensive enquiries are ongoing with significant resources and I would like to reassure the community.”
Mr Hunt added: “As a precautionary measure, we have extra police officers and PCSOs out and about.
“At this time it does appear to be an isolated incident, but I’ll stress again how keen we are to find the person responsible and bring them to justice as soon as we can.
“I would like to thank the public for all their support so far. We have had a large amount of calls and a number of names given to us, as well as new footage, some of which we have been able to release today.”
The first image released by police is a short time after reports of the abduction were first being made to them, they said.
The second, they added. is around half an hour after the incident, where the man appears to be seen with a jacket tied around his waist on Gainsborough Road hearing towards The Snipe.
The one released on Thursday provides a clearer vision of the man’s face.
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