Page last updated at 20:24 GMT, Friday, 7 May 2010 21:24 UK

Bracknell schoolgirl dragged into car and assaulted

A Berkshire 15-year-old was dragged into a car and sexually assaulted.

The victim's parents called police when they grew concerned she had not returned from school in Bracknell.

The man told her not to scream before forcing her into the vehicle near Oxenhope in Wildridings and driving her to an unknown location, police said.

After sexually assaulting her, he drove her to Netherton, where he let her out of the car and she made her way home. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Patrolling the area

Det Insp Pete Dowling, from Thames Valley Police, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who has been very brave in managing to give us a good description of the offender and a first account of what happened.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, however, I appeal to anyone in the community who has any information to come forward immediately.

"This was a sickening incident involving a young and innocent girl and it is vital that we catch the man responsible."

Police said they are keeping an "open mind" about whether an incident reported on the same day, where a 14-year-old girl was grabbed by a man in the Hanworth area at about 1715 BST but managed to escape, is linked.

The schoolgirl's attacker has been described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, with stubble on his face, cropped hair and possibly, a bald patch.

He was of "scruffy" appearance, and, according to his victim, had a deep voice.

He was wearing dark-coloured trousers, a dark blue top, dark-coloured boots and a grey hat.

Police patrols in the area have been increased.



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