UPDATE - Patrols stepped up after Knaresborough sex attack

Police at the scene of the incident in Knaresborough
Police at the scene of the incident in Knaresborough

Police patrols have been stepped up in Knaresborough after a serious sex attack on a teenage girl.

The teenager, grabbed by a man in the playing fields of King James’s School, was targeted early on Sunday morning, between 9am and 11am.

Police say she is receiving support from specially trained officers, and have cordoned off the area around the school as they examine the scene.

They have now said they are carrying out extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community.

“I am very grateful to the members of the public who have already contacted me with information in relation to this extremely distressing incident,” said Det Chief Insp Allan Harder, of North Yorkshire Police, appealing for any witnesses or information.

“However, our enquiries are ongoing, and I am still appealing for people to come forward.

“I need to speak to anyone who was in the area of King James’s School between 9am and 11am on Sunday, April 5.

“Any information, no matter how slight or apparently insignificant, could be crucial to this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, selecting option two and asking for Harrogate CID.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference 12150055295.