Police hunt man after girl, 12, sexually assaulted at swimming pool in Woolwich
24 April 2017 12:11 London
The Evening Standard
Appeal: Police released an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault. Metropolitan Police.
Police are hunting a man after the alleged sex assault of a 12-year-old girl at a swimming pool in south-east London.
The girl was attacked by a man when she was swimming with her friend at the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich, police said.
Scotland Yard has released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault, which is believed to have taken place at about 2.30pm on January 7.
Police said the girl was approached and sexually assaulted by a man aged about 30, with black cropped hair, stubble and a goatee beard.
Detective Inspector Steve Birchall, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA), said: “The children in this case have been targeted in a public swimming pool. The person in the image knew they were children and has acted extremely inappropriately towards them.
“It is important we identify him to safeguard children in the same circumstances when they should be able to swim and play safely.”
Anyone who may know the man’s identity should contact Operation Sapphire on 020 8721 4612 or via 101 or to give information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.