Shoppers urged to study abduction CCTV footage

MAP OF SHAME -- a route showing where the attacker led the girl on the day he abducted her
MAP OF SHAME -- a route showing where the attacker led the girl on the day he abducted her
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CCTV footage will be shown to shoppers in Bulwell in a bid to crack the case of the young girl who was the victim of a terrifying abduction.

The eight-year-old was lured to Pulley Park off Hoewood Road in the town and brutally attacked on Tuesday November 23 last year.

DO YOU KNOW HIM? -- CCTV image of a man the police want to speak to

DO YOU KNOW HIM? -- CCTV image of a man the police want to speak to

A 25-year-old Bulwell man originally charged with the offence, and also sexual touching, has been cleared.

Now detectives have revived their investigation with the support of the girl’s mum and are calling on the public to help trace the attacker.

A police contact-point will be stationed in Bulwell town centre to try and identify men captured on CCTV cameras at the time of the girl’s abduction from Commercial Road.

Officers will show the footage and chat with residents in the hope of unearthing new leads.

Images capture either four men in similar clothing or one person. The contact point will be in operation on Friday April 15 and on the morning of Saturday April 16.

The clip can also be viewed by visiting the force website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk.

The attacker is thought to be in his late teens or early 20s. He was white, under 5’9” tall and wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The child was wearing a black jacket and pink trousers.

He led the girl along Abercarn Close, Rock Street and Aldgate Close before taking her to Pulley Park.

Det Supt Adrian Pearson said: “I urge people to take a minute to look at the CCTV footage to see if they recognise themselves or someone they know.

“This could be four separate men or the same person. Those who do see themselves in the CCTV should contact police to eliminate themselves from our investigation.”

Det Supt Pearson added that the police team set up to investigate the attack remains focused on bringing the attacker to justice.

He said: “This shocked the residents of Bulwell and I assure the victim, her family and the community that we remain committed to finding the person who carried out this awful attack.

“There is a team of officers working full time on this investigation and they continue to explore a number of lines of inquiry.

“We are working very closely with the girl and her family, who continue to be supported by specially-trained police officers. The answers are likely to lie within the community. We need to find this man to ensure this does not happen again.”

Anyone with information should contact the dedicated investigation room at St Ann’s police station on 0115 8445017 or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.