A schoolboy has been subjected to what police describe as a serious sexual assault after being lured into a van in Birmingham city centre.
The boy aged 16 was offered a lift by a sliver van driver. The boy accepted the lift and he was locked inside the van on Kent Street at around 10pm on Wednesday 30 November.
The boy has missed his last train home and began walking for a bus. The man picked him up and locked him inside the van.
He was driven to nearby Claybrook Street and subjected to a serious sexual assault having been locked inside the vehicle.
The offender is described as a chubby Asian man in his 40s or 50s, with short black hair, a short pointed nose and with notable bad teeth.
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Detectives have issued a CCTV image of the suspect’s van, which was carrying ladders on the roof, and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.
Investigating officer Sarah Harvey from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The boy had been out on a shopping trip and had missed his last train home. he was walking to the bus stop when the van driver approached and offered a lift.
“He accepted but moments later was locked in the van and assaulted. The boy was not physically injured but was clearly left very badly shaken by the ordeal.
“He has given us a detailed description of the offender; in-particular he is described as being unkempt in appearance, with stubble and with bad breath. The interior of the van was also very untidy with rubbish on the floor and paperwork on the dashboard.
“We’ve conducted extensive CCTV and ANPR enquiries and have secured an image if the van we believe was involved. It’s distinctive in so much that it was carrying a ladder set on the roof and so may well be a works vehicle.
“If anyone believes they know who uses this van or have seen it then please contact me as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is urged to call DC Harvey at the Child Abuse Team at Ladywood police station on the 101 number (ext 862 6020) or emailing [email protected]