Mother of Bulwell attack girl appeals for information

CCTV from area of attack
Image caption CCTV shows a person or number of persons the police would like to speak to

The mother of an eight-year-old Nottingham girl who was abducted and assaulted five months ago has made a plea for information.

The girl was playing outside her home in Bulwell on 23 November when a man approached her and led her to nearby Pulley Park.

She was seriously assaulted by the man who was in his late teens or early 20s.

The mother said the attack had turned her daughter from a "happy-go-lucky" to a child who did not trust anybody.

"In my heart I believe that someone out there knows what happened - I think they are just afraid to say who it is," she said.

The girl managed to get away from her attacker and raised the alarm to passers-by.

Charges dropped

Police said although the assault itself was not of a sexual nature, they could not rule it out as a motive.

"She had really bad bruising and was sore for weeks on end," the mother-of-six said.

"She wouldn't let anybody go near her. She is paranoid when she goes out to play and doesn't go far. She's not getting on in school either."

A 25-year-old man previously charged with the assault has had the case against him dropped.

Police are also examining CCTV images from Bulwell on the day of the attack.

A number of figures can be seen and officers said they could be the same man or different individuals in similar clothing.

The suspect is described as white, under 5ft 9in (1.75m), of medium build and in either his late teens or early 20s.

He was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The girl was wearing a black jacket and pink trousers.

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