Local residents urged to help Quarry Bank sex assault inquiry
Dog walkers and youngsters out playing at the weekend could hold information that proves vital to a police investigation into a serious sexual assault in Quarry Bank.
Police have launched an inquiry into the incident, which happened in an area known as Hammer Park, off Quarry Bank High Street and Cradley Forge.
Officers were called late on Saturday night after a 15-year-old girl returned home and reported that she had been assaulted during a night out.
The teenager had been out with a group of other teens in the area around Quarry Bank High Street, Lyde Green and Colley Lane between 7pm and 9pm and police are now keen to speak to several people who may have been in the area and have information to assist with enquiries.
DC Simon Andrews, from the Dudley Child Protection Team, said: “We know that this group of youngsters passed by, and on occasion interacted with, a few people in and around Quarry Bank and Cradley on Saturday night.
“We need to trace those people as they might be able to help us piece together information about the events of that night.
“In particular we are keen to hear from a man who was walking a Rottweiler dog near to the primary school on Quarry Bank High Street at 7.30pm, two children who were aged around seven or eight years old, in Cradley Forge and a man who was walking past shops on Colley Lane at around 8.30pm.
“We need these people to contact us as soon as possible to help us with this investigation.”
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Saturday night in connection with the incident and he was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The teenage girl is being supported by specially trained officers.
Anyone with information should call the Child Protection Team in Dudley PPU on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.