UK police hunting man with Irish accent over sex attack on 6-year-old

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Hunt: The man being sought in relation to the attack has an Irish accent
Hunt: The man being sought in relation to the attack has an Irish accent

Police are appealing for information after a six-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a man at a community centre in central London.

Scotland Yard have released CCTV footage of a man in the area of the Calthorpe Project who they wish to speak to.

The boy informed his mother after the incident, which took place when he went to use the toilet, in the early afternoon of July 1 last year.

A staff member at the centre in Grays Inn Road attempted to follow the suspect, who had an Irish accent and was believed to be intoxicated, but lost him in the street, police said.

Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson, of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said the incident was "a particularly upsetting sexual assault on a young boy by a complete stranger".

He added: "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 urge anyone who recognises the man to come forward and contact my team on 020 8733 5999. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

"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."

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 55 and 65, 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.