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11-year-old girl raped while walking home from school

An 11-year-old girl says she was raped while walking home from school. The young victim told police she was pushed into bushes and attacked in Crawley, West Sussex.

Police have issued this e-fit image of a man they want to trace Credit: Sussex Police

The attack happened in September, but has only just been reported to police.

The girl was walking along Balcombe Road in Crawley at around 3pm when she was taken by a man onto a footpath between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road.

Footpath between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road Credit: Google Street View

The girl was then pushed into the bushes and raped.

This was an extremely distressing incident for the young victim who has only just built up the courage to report it and she and her family are now being supported by specially trained officers.

Although she can't remember the exact day it happened, she believes it is around September 22.

It was light and a busy time of day so we are appealing to anyone who might have been in that area of Maidenbower around 3pm.

– Detective Inspector James Norbury from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

The suspect is described by the victim as:

  • Aged about 40
  • Ginger and grey hair
  • Gingery face stubble and wearing a black fleece beanie hat
  • Knee length khaki coloured coat

Anyone with information can contact police on email at or 101 quoting Operation Dunlop.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.