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Hunt for knifeman who tried to sexually assault teenage girl near Hawkhurst

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Original article from Kent Live

Police are hunting for a man who tried to sexually assault a 17-year-old girl at Bedgebury Pinetum near Hawkhurst.

The man, said to be in his 40s, was carrying a knife when he allegedly approached the girl, who was sitting on a bench by the lake.

The man was reported to be holding a knife when he approached her on Sunday evening (June 13).

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The suspect is said to have physically assaulted the teenage girl, and during a struggle she sustained injuries. She later went to hospital for her injuries, and was discharged.

Kent Police were called to the park at around 7pm, and officers are now appealing for witnesses who were in the park that evening.

The suspect is described as white and aged in his 40's.

He was wearing dark trousers (possibly jogging bottoms) and had a face mask on.

An investigation is now being led by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber said: "We are working to establish the full circumstances of this incident, which happened at a fairly remote location known as Louisa Lake.

"It was a very warm day and there would have been lots of visitors to the Pinetum, including walkers and cyclists.

"I would urge anyone who may have been in or around this area to contact us if they have any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may appear."

DCI Kimber added: "It is important to remember that incidents such as this remain extremely rare, however we are urging people to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings."

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