Sex hunt launched after attack

An evo-fit of the man police want to trace in connection with the attack on a 13-year-old girl in Layton on July 20 as she walked home from school.
An evo-fit of the man police want to trace in connection with the attack on a 13-year-old girl in Layton on July 20 as she walked home from school.
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DETECTIVES have revealed they are hunting a sex attacker after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted.

The 13-year-old girl was walking home from her last day at school when she was attacked in Layton.

A man grabbed the girl from behind as she walked along Talbot Road, pushed her face down onto the path and covered his mouth before beginning to remove his jeans.

The incident occurred at around 1pm on Friday, July 20, and the girl managed to knee the man in the stomach and run away.

Police are also investigating a report of a similar incident in Layton August 11 and a series of indecent exposures.

The man they are looking for is described as white, aged in his mid to late 20s, and around 5ft 9ins tall of medium athletic build.

He has dark eyes, short dark hair and a clear complexion and was wearing a black leather waist length jacket, blue jeans with a brown belt, gloves and white trainers with a stripe.

DI Tony Baxter from Blackpool’s Public Protection Unit said: “This is a concerning incident and I’d reassure people that we take offences of this nature very seriously and are doing all we can to catch the person responsible.

“Fortunately the victim was not hurt but understandably she has been left very upset. Bravely she has helped police to put together an Evofit image of what her attacker looks like. I would urge people to take a close look at this picture and if anybody thinks they recognise this man or has any information about any of these incidents they should contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to whether this incident could be linked to other reports of sexual offences around the same area.

“The majority of these offences have predominantly taken place on a Fridays where young teenage girls have been targeted. This may be significant when considered alongside the Evofit.

“I’d ask people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or behaviour to the police straight away. Extra patrols are operating in the Layton area.”