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Girl, 12, sexually assaulted

Police in Southampton are appealing for information after a 12-year-old-girl was sexually assaulted.

The incident happened in Butts Road, Sholing at 4.10pm yesterday when the girl was walking home from a nearby shop, the “One Stop”.

A man approached her from behind before sexually assaulting her.

The man then made off towards Bursledon Road. The girl managed to run home and raise the alarm. The man is described as white, 5ft 8 tall, 30-40 years old, medium build with short ginger or blonde hair. He was wearing a black jumper or jacket and dark trousers.

Detective Sergeant Andy Hedley who is investigating said: “This is a serious incident in a busy area and we feel certain someone must have seen this man." Anyone with any information is asked to contact detectives at Southampton Central police station on 101.