Girl, 11, sexually assaulted after being threatened with knife and dragged into park

An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted after being followed from school and dragged into a park.

Police have released an image of a man they are looking to identify after the girl was followed as she walked from school to a bus in North Finchley on September 30.

She was waiting alone at the bus stop with the lone male at Sussex Ring in North London.

The suspect tried to engage her in conversation and asked about the various buses.

He then asked her to go to the park. After she refused he grabbed her wrists and started to pull her away from the stop and into the park, telling her he had a knife.

The man – described as 30-40, with pale white skin, brown eyes and messy shoulder length hair, wearing blue jeans and black trainers – then led the victim down towards the canal and behind a tree.

He took her phone, grabbed her wrist, and kissed her before leaving the area.

Detective Constable Chris Finnegan from the North West Command Unit based at Wembley said: “This was a frightening attack on a young girl who has been tremendously brave in coming forward.

“I stress that sexual assaults of this nature continue to be very rare, but in the cases when it does happen we remain dedicated to supporting victims and identifying and prosecuting those responsible.

“We encourage anyone who is a victim of sexual offences, or who witnesses an offence taking place, to contact police so we can track down the perpetrator.”