'Catch him before someone's raped'

PUBLISHED: 10:56 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

'A YOUNG girl will be raped if the man who sexually attacked my daughter is not caught.' That is the view of the sickened mother of a 14-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted while walking to a school in Potters Bar. A man approached the girl from beh

A YOUNG girl will be raped if the man who sexually attacked my daughter is not caught."

That is the view of the sickened mother of a 14-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted while walking to a school in Potters Bar.

A man approached the girl from behind in an alleyway between The Walk and Mutton Lane just before 8am on Thursday, April 17.

He lifted up her skirt before the victim's screams made the attacker run off into a nearby cricket ground.

"My daughter was really shaken up by the incident and was in tears," her mother told the Potters Bar Edition.

"The man is still out there, which means that something even worse could happen.

"A young girl could be raped by this man. You don't know what these people are capable of."

Despite the attack happening almost three weeks ago, police only released details last week.

The mother added: "Some of her friends have said they have also been watched by someone who matches the description and did immediately call the police.

"When I first heard of the attack I just felt sick.

"Now, whenever I leave the house I am always looking for someone acting suspicious.

"If my daughter ever uses the alley a friend now meets her and walks through with her because there is no way she would walk down there on her own now."

The man is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a black Puffa jacket with a white top underneath and black shoes.

Pc Gary Bentley said: "This was very distressing for the girl and we are urging anyone who was in the area at the time who saw a man matching this description to please contact police.

"The victim also saw a white female aged in her late 40s walking along the lane when the incident occurred who is thought to regularly walk through the alley at this time.

"If this was you or you know this person please contact us."

Call police on 0845 33 00 222.


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