Bristol

Girl, 12, raped walking along a pathway in Bristol

Carwash on Acacia Road
Image caption The 12-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted during the day in the Hillfields area

A 12-year-old girl has been raped while walking along a pathway in Bristol.

The attack happened between a carwash in Acacia Road and Gorse Hill, Hillfields, at 16:00 BST on 28 March, and was reported to police on 15 April.

The suspect, who walked with a limp, was white or mixed race and was wearing a black hooded top and black jogging bottoms with blue stripes.

Police have cut back plants along the pathway to search for evidence and door-to-door inquiries are under way.

Police said the victim and her family were receiving help and support.

Det Insp Adam Bunting, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We know this will be a concerning incident for local residents and the wider community but I want to reassure people that we have launched a full investigation."

He asked for anyone who may have seen a man "acting suspiciously either on 28 March or in the past few weeks" to contact police.

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