Oakwood Pond: Man charged with kidnapping teenage girl and sexual assault

Crime / Sun 19th Jun 2022 at 08:44am

A MAN has been charged in connection with an investigation into an incident in Harlow where a girl was approached.

It was reported a teenage girl had been approached by a man close to Oakwood Pond, between Upper Park and Fourth Avenue shortly before 4.20pm on Wednesday 15 June.

It was reported the man attempted to take her away but, thankfully, she was able to get away.

High visibility patrols have been taking place in the area since the incident and a man was arrested on the morning of 17 June.

That man, 29 year-old Luis Palma, of Lower Meadow, Harlow, has now been charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, and possession of cannabis.

He is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday 20 June).

Temporary Chief Inspector Terry Fisher said:

“I know this incident will have caused concern in the community but incidents like this are extremely rare and we believe this was an isolated incident.

“A dedicated team of specialist officers and staff are continuing to support the girl and her family.

“If you have any concerns or information about this incident, please contact us.”

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