A DISTRAUGHT mum has made a fresh, emotional appeal for help in snaring a sex-attacker who abducted and assaulted her eight-year-old daughter.
This follows the sudden collapse of the case against the man originally believed to be responsible.
The youngster was playing on Commercial Road, Bulwell at 6.30 pm on Tuesday November 23 when she was approached by a man.
He enticed her to a secluded area at Pulley Park, off Hoewood Road, and subjected her to a terrifying sexual assault.
Police thought they had got their man when they arrested and charged a 25-year-old from Bulwell. But he has been cleared after the case was dropped at Nottingham Crown Court.
Now officers want the public to help them bring the attacker to justice — and have enlisted the help of the victim’s mum.
“In my heart, I believe that someone out there knows what happened,” said the woman, who lives in Bulwell but who must remain anonymous to protect her daughter’s identity.
“I think they are just afraid to say who it is.
“My daughter had really bad bruising and was sore for weeks on end. She wouldn’t let anybody go near her. The bruising has gone now but she is still not the same person she used to be.
“She is still very upset, very moody and is not the happy-go-lucky child we once knew. Our lives have been turned upside down and we are not a normal, happy family any more.
“She is paranoid when she goes out to play and doesn’t go far. She’s not getting on in school either.
“There are days when she’s OK but then there are days when she is snapping all the time. She’s shouting and slamming doors. I think it’s hit her really badly.”
The mum said she is also struggling to come to terms with what happened to her daughter.
“It makes it worse that he’s still out there,” she said. “When the children go out, I’m constantly worrying. Because I don’t know who the man is, I think he could approach my children again. I’m constantly on 24-hour watch.”
She added that identifying the person responsible for the attack on her daughter would help her family come to terms with their ordeal. “I wish someone would go to the police and say something to help my daughter,” she pleaded. “I ask people to please come forward and give the information, no matter how little or large.
“Finding the person who did this would mean we could relax, knowing he’s not out there hurting somebody else. We could get on with our lives and start being a family again.”
Police have renewed an appeal for information and have also released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.