Girl, 3, sexually assaulted by stranger in country park as man in his 60s arrested

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a sex attack on a three-year-old girl in a park.

The youngster was assaulted in a wooded area at Fort Victoria Country Park, Isle of Wight, at around 3pm yesterday.

The suspect, aged in his 60s, is not understood to be known to the child or her family.

Police are appealing for two dog walkers who may have discussed seeing "something significant" with the girl's mum.

They say the girl and her family are receiving specialist support.

Detective Chief Inspector Liam Davies said: "This was a very serious incident and there will be an increased police presence in the area whilst we examine a number of lines of enquiry.

"The child, a three-year-old girl, and their family are receiving specialist support while we seek to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

"We know there were two dog walkers in the vicinity at this time – a man and a woman – who we believe may have witnessed something significant and discussed this with the child's mother.

"It is vital that we identify them.

"In addition, we would like to hear from anyone who used Fort Victoria Country Park either that day or previously and who may have seen someone acting suspiciously, or anything out of the ordinary which could assist our investigation."

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