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Man arrested after approaching a six year old girl in Littlehampton

Police have arrested a man following an attack on a young girl in a street in Littlehampton on Monday 23 August.

The 35-year-old man was arrested by officers in Littlehampton early on Tuesday evening, 24 August, on suspicion of child abduction, sexual assault, and a separate common assault. He is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

At about 5pm on Monday the six-year old girl was playing in an open area in a street called Timberleys in Littlehampton, when she was approached by a man. He forced her into some nearby bushes but made off after only about a minute when it is believed he was distracted by relatives calling out for the girl.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter, Arun and Chichester District Commander, said; "This is an important development but our investigation continues and if if you witnessed the incident or have any other information, please report online or by ringing 101, quoting Operation Assertive.

"The investigation is being pursued quickly and rigorously, and local officers are conducting increased patrols. Local people should continue to take sensible precautions to keep their children safe. If you see any suspicious behaviour around children call us on 999 at once."

Also see here for tips on staying safe when out and about.

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