Police arrest boy, 16, for attempted murder
A16-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a ten-year-old girl, police have said.
The Devon and Cornwall force were called just after 5pm on Thursday to reports that the girl had been attacked in Exmouth earlier that afternoon.
The child was found near Marley Road in a distressed state by a member of the public, who took her to her home in the Brixington area of the Devon seaside town.
Emergency services were contacted and a full police response was launched, including searches, speaking to people in the area and a forensic examination of the scene.
Superintendent Matt Lawler, the local policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid-Devon, said: “Following an appeal, a member of the public has come forward with information that has then led to an arrest.
“We have arrested a 16-yearold male from the local area on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in police custody and awaits questioning.
“We would like to thank the media and the public for the support they have offered us so far in relation to this matter.
“However, we must stress that this is still very much a live and active police investigation and we are keeping an open mind, which is why it is essential that anyone with information that can assist us, comes forward.
“We are asking that anyone in the immediate area of Marley Road on Thursday afternoon, or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in that area in the past few days, no matter how insignificant they feel it could be, to contact the police.
“We are also appealing for dashcam images, video or CCTV covering the specific areas of Jubilee Drive, Marley Road and Pound Lane in Exmouth between 3pm and 6pm on Thursday.”
Police previously said the girl was receiving expert care and treatment in hospital, supported by officers from the force’s public protection unit and her family.
Yesterday, local residents spoke of their shock at what had happened.
Dawn Hines said: “I have three children and two grandchildren and it’s sickening to think something like this could happen here. I have lived here for 25 years and it’s such a lovely, quiet area.
“You just can’t imagine something like this to happen.
“It has left an eerie atmosphere in the area and it’s shaken the community.”
Anyone with information or dashcam images is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 367 for October 5.
Police investigate in Marley Road, Exmouth