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11 year old subjected to "brutal" sex attack in park

The girl was attacked in Jubilee Park in Enfield on Friday Photo: ITV News/Piers Hopkirk

Detectives have urged witnesses to come forward after a "brutal" sex attack on an 11-year-old girl.

The youngster is being treated in hospital after being grabbed by a man on her way home from school on Friday afternoon.

She was dragged in to Jubilee Park, in Enfield, north London, before being sexually assaulted near a pitch and putt course, Scotland Yard said.

The girl had caught a bus from Enfield town to Bury Street before she was snatched as she walked along Galliards Road at around 4.15pm. She eventually returned home after the attack at 7.45pm.

The suspect is described as a black male with afro hair wearing a dark grey top and black baggy jeans.

Locals near the park this afternoon said: "The council really needs to get some lighting so that it's safer for the children. We've got plenty of children around here who go to school across the park and it's really scary for the parents."

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious Credit: ITV News

This was a brutal attack on a defenceless 11-year-old girl on her way home from school and I am appealing for the public's help in catching the person responsible.We are interested in speaking to anyone who was in the Jubilee Park area between 4.15pm and 7.45pm on Friday evening, who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anyone following a girl in school uniform."

– Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, Metropolitan Police