Boy arrested after woman and girl grabbed in separate incidents
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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested as we continue to investigate two separate reports of sexual assault at a nature reserve in Cannock.
On Sunday 10 September, a woman was approached and grabbed by an unknown male. She was not harmed and the suspect ran off.
Then, on Wednesday (13 September) at the same nature reserve, a girl in her teens was grabbed by an unknown male. She managed to get to a place of safety and was left shaken by the ordeal.
We have been supporting both of the victims and carrying out a number of enquiries locally as part of our investigation. At this stage, we think the suspect may be linked to both incidents.
On Saturday (16 September), we arrested a 17-year-old boy from Cannock on suspicion of sexual assault and attempted rape.
He was questioned about both incidents in custody and has since been released on conditional police bail while our investigation continues.
We understand the concern felt locally as a result of these incidents. We would like to reiterate that we take reports like this very seriously and officers are continuing to progress the investigation at pace and speak to those with information which could help with our enquiries.
Anyone with any information who hasn’t got in touch with us yet are urged to call 101, quoting incident 534 of 13 September, or message us using Live Chat on our website – www.staffordshire.police.uk
If you’d like to report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.