Increased police patrols in Barnsley following sexual assault of 13-year-old girl in underpass

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Police patrols have been stepped up after a 13-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted in Barnsley town centre.

The girl was assaulted in the Old Doncaster Road underpass near to Alhambra roundabout on Sunday at around 8.30pm.

Specially-trained officers continue to provide support to the victim and her family, and police say they want to reassure the public that additional resources are in place to try and apprehend the offender.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton said: “We would like to thank members of the public who have come forward with information about this serious assault.

“Increased patrols have been set up in the area and a number of lines of enquiry are being followed up by a team that has been set up to identify and catch the suspect.

“All the information we have been given is being thoroughly investigated and we urge anyone with information about the incident to please get in touch.”

The girl was walking along the central underpass, in the direction of Burleigh Court, when police believe that a man followed her into the tunnel.

The suspect is described as having a foreign accent, brown skin, around 30-years-old, 5ft 5ins, of slim build, wearing a black Adidas tracksuit with red stripes and blue gloves. He has dark blonde hair, a short-cut greyish/black beard, sideburns and a goatee from his under lip down to his chin. The offender also is described as having a large nose.

Following the assault, it is believed that the offender fled towards Sheffield Road or Old Doncaster Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 1097 of June 7, 2015.