Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Girl sexually assaulted on Isle of Wight picnic site

An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man during the day at a busy picnic site on the Isle of Wight.

The attack happened at about 11:00 BST on Saturday when the girl was at Fort Victoria, near Yarmouth, with her family.

She was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her and then walked away, police said.

Officers said the incident was "rare but very serious" and have increased patrols of the area over the weekend.

'Very serious'

Det Sgt John Stirling said: "This was a rare but very serious incident against a child, during the day in a busy picnic site.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who recognises the man from the description."

The man is described as white, with pale skin, in his 50s, clean shaved and about 6ft tall.

Police said he had an average build and a deep voice and was wearing a short-sleeved shirt with dark blue and light blue stripes and blue jeans.

Police arrested a man yesterday but he was released and no further action is being taken against him.

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