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Oakwood Pond incident: Man in his twenties arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault

Crime / Fri 17th Jun 2022 am30 11:45am

DETECTIVES investigating an incident close to Oakwood Pond, in Harlow, have this morning arrested a man.

Officers who had been proactively patrolling the area as part of their response to the incident made the arrest shortly before 10am.

An investigation was launched after they received a report that a teenage girl was approached from behind by a man close to Oakwood Pond, between Upper Park and Fourth Avenue shortly before 4.20pm on Wednesday 15 June. 

The man then attempted to take her away. Thankfully she was able free herself and flee the area.

She is unharmed and safe. Both her and her family are being supported by specialist officers from the force.

The 29-year-old man, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault.

He remains in custody for questioning.

At this early stage, they believe there is no further threat posed to the community in Harlow. 

The arrest comes after a number of accounts were provided to them by witnesses and those who live near to where the incident took place and they would like to thank those who came forward to speak to them. 

Police continue to urge anyone with information on the incident to come forward. 

A dedicated portal has been set up where information can be submitted securely.

It can be found here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4201020122Q14-PO1.

You can also call on 101, quoting incident 753 of June 15.

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