Po­lice ar­rest boy, 16, for at­tempted mur­der

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - CLAIRE HAYHURST news@west­erndai­ly­press.co.uk

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.

Photo: Ab­bie Bray

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate in Mar­ley Road, Ex­mouth

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