Re-appeal for information following sexual assault in Graig-y-Rhacca area, June 2019

Gwent Police are re-appealing for information following a report of a serious sexual assault in the Graig-y-Rhacca that took place last month (June 2019).

The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was in the skate park on the Graig-y-Rhacca estate, when it has been reported that she was sexually assaulted in the wooded area adjacent to the park.

The offender has been described as being a man in his twenties, tall and of slim build, with light brown hair which is longer on top and shaved on the side. He was wearing blue shorts and a t-shirt.

Detectives are investigating and are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen anything that could help with the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector, Steven Maloney, who is leading the investigation said: “A dedicated team of detectives continues to work on this investigation and in partnership with other agencies, we are supporting the victim and her family.  Officers are still trying to establish the circumstances of the case and identify who is responsible for this.

“Originally, we have appealed for information regarding a specific day, however, following our enquiries, we would like to extend this time-frame to include the day of Thursday 13th June as well as the original date, Sunday 16th June 2019 - the original date was Father’s Day which may help people recall what you were up to that day, or prior to it.

“If you were in the area on any of these dates and saw anything suspicious, however small, to please do get in touch.  If anyone has any CCTV or Dash Cam footage for this area that covers these times, please contact us.  Your information could prove vital to helping with our investigations.

“If you saw anything that could help with our enquiries, please call 101 quoting log 410 of 30/6/19. You can also send a direct message to our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages if you have any information. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

We also have the below advice for parents and guardians which we ask that you regularly remind your children:

  • Make sure that you know where children are going and for how long they are planning to be out. If they are with friends, do you have their parent’s numbers?
  • Remind them not to walk alone and stay in a group. Stick to busy or well-lit areas.
  • Ensure that they take their phone out with them. It should have a fully charged battery.
  • Tell them to ask for help if they need it. If they feel uncomfortable, or at risk - look for a place of safety, such as a shop or anywhere where there are other people and tell someone their concerns. If they feel in immediate danger, shout for help – draw attention to themselves.
  • Remind them to be aware of their surroundings - concentrate on what and who is around them and don’t get distracted by their mobile phone.
  • Report anything suspicious to the police; 999 in an emergency and 101 for non-emergencies.