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Police have launched a manhunt after a child was sexually assaulted in a park.
The victim was targeted in Halton Community Centre park in Cheshire around 5.30pm on Tuesday, September 7.
The offender approached the boy while he was playing and got him to follow him into a wooded area before carrying out the attack.
He is described as male, white, possibly a teenager, wearing a white polo shirt with buttons down the front, black trousers and black trainers.
Lancashire Police have since begun an investigation, with a team of detectives now trying to identify the attacker.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Ryder, of West CID, said: “This was an extremely serious offence and we are doing all we can to identify the offender.
"While we do have a number of lines of enquiry, I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the park yesterday afternoon or anyone matching the description of the suspect to get in touch.
"It was obviously a fine and sunny day yesterday so I’m sure the park was busy with people at this time.
“I would also urge people to be extra vigilant if they are out and about and to make sure they know where their children are at all times and that they are suitably supervised."
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Extra police patrols will be carried out in the area over the next few days.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log 1103 of September 7.
Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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