Lincolnshire

Police visit schools after Lincoln girl, 9, sexually assaulted

Police are visiting schools to reassure pupils after a nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Lincoln.

The girl was approached at 07:55 BST on Friday after her mother briefly left her at the junction of Manby Street and Newark Road, Lincolnshire Police said.

She described the man as white, in his early 20s, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 9in tall, and speaking with a foreign accent.

The girl said he had stubble and was wearing a dark leather jacket.

Insp Shaun Baxter, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "[The girl] was waiting on the corner for a school bus. Her mother had just popped off into another address to drop some stuff off and was coming back.

"The man gradually approached her about three times over the space of 10 minutes and got braver and braver. And this has been in the public view so this is a more worrying thing.

"Somebody must have been around at the time of this incident and we would just urge them to come forward and talk to us."

When the girl's mother returned she sent her to school without realising she had been sexually assaulted.

'Standing up well'

"We didn't know the true gravity of the event until later, so mum put her on the school bus in tears and tried to reassure her," Insp Baxter said.

"We've spoken to her later in the day with her mother and her father and she's divulged that this man has actually indecently assaulted her."

The man was also wearing a flat cap with a peak, pointed shoes and a camouflage shoulder bag.

Insp Baxter said the girl had been frightened by the assault.

"She's actually standing up to the ordeal very well but she's obviously upset by her ordeal," he said.

"This is an extremely rare, isolated incident and we are urging parents to remain calm and to take the normal common sense approach to stranger danger with their children."

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