SEVERAL people have been interviewed by police in connection with the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in Babbs Mill Park as investigations continue.
The attack happened on Friday, June 29, at around 2.50pm, as the girl was walking through the Kingshurst park on her way home from school.
The girl was allegedly knocked to the ground and suffered a cut to the neck from a knife.
Police have also maintained a high presence in the park and surrounding areas following a spate of violent crime in public places.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Our investigations are continuing into the assault on a young girl in Babbs Mill Park.
“We have interviewed several people as part of our on-going process to eliminate potential suspects and identify the offender.
“We are continuing a high visibility presence in the area of the park and anyone who has any concerns or any information should speak to officers in the locality or call us on 101.
“The public’s welfare is of primary importance to us.”
Police had arrested a 35-year-old on July 3 but he was released and eliminated from enquiries.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson on July 3 said: “The suspect is described as white, slightly tanned, with short brown/greying hair.
“He has blue eyes, large hands and a muscular, stocky build.
“The man was with a white King Charles spaniel, which had light brown patches on its ears and body.
“The dog had a red collar and red extendable lead.”
Police say a number of items were recovered for forensic testing and officers are also exploring other recent incidents to see if there are connections.
Chief inspector Colin Barnes, from Solihull Police, said: “While we do have extra patrols in the area and a large number of officers working on the investigation, the role the public plays in this remains crucial.
“We need the public to be our eyes and ears and to let us know of any piece of information that could help us track down the offender and bring them to justice.
“As we head towards the school holidays, we want to remind parents and youngsters to follow common sense advice to keep themselves safe.
“We’d ask all members of the public to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings and personal safety.”
Anyone with information can call 101; quoting crime number 20SH/145636Y/18. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously in 0800 555 111.
Police also say anyone concerned for their personal safety can seek advice here: https://www.suzylamplugh.org/FAQs/safety-on-the-street or consider carrying a personal safety alarm – https://www.suzylamplugh.org/FAQs/personal-alarms