Detectives investigating a sexual assault on a six-year-old boy in central London are appealing for information and assistance from the public to identify a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.
CCTV footage shows a man in the vicinity of the Calthorpe Project, a community centre in Grays Inn Road, WC1, where the offence took place, shortly after the incident on 1 July 2014.
At approximately 13:40hrs, the victim – who had been playing with a friend at the centre – went off to use the toilet at the venue.
Whilst there, he was approached by a man who sexually assaulted him before leaving the scene.
The boy returned to his mother and told her what had happened. Police were called by the manager of the venue and a staff member attempted to follow the suspect, but lost him in the street.
An investigation was launched by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command who conducted numerous inquiries to try and identify the suspect; but to no avail.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 55 and 65 years, with a large stomach and dark chin-length hair with blond or lighter ends. He was wearing beige trousers, a checked shirt and a yellow patterned baseball cap and is believed to have an Irish accent.
Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson, Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “This was a particularly upsetting sexual assault on a young boy by a complete stranger. Numerous inquiries have been ongoing since the incident took place in an attempt to trace the suspect, who we believe was heavily intoxicated.
“Unfortunately those inquiries have not identified any individuals; the reason we have now taken the decision to go public given all other lines of inquiry have been exhausted.
“I would also like to praise the actions of the staff at the Calthorpe Project for their quick response to this matter and reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare.”