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Detectives release e-fit of man linked with historic sex offences against eleven-year-old girl

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DETECTIVES investigating historic sexual offences which happened in the summer of 1998 in Warrington have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to.

The female victim was 11 when the offences, reported earlier this year, occurred in the Croft area.

Enquiries in relation to the offences have been ongoing since then and as part of their investigation detectives want to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit and believes that they may know who he is.

The e-fit depicts how the man looked in 1998.

Detective Constable Gareth French, who is leading the investigating, said: “We think that the man in the e-fit may have vital information in relation to our investigation into serious sexual offences which took place in the Croft area of Warrington in the summer of 1998.

“We believe that he may have had links to the horse riding community in Croft or the surrounding areas at the time the offences occurred and urge anyone with any information regarding the man to contact the team here at Warrington Police Station.

“I would also like to appeal directly to the man to get in touch.”

The victim has been supported by specialist officers ever since the offences were reported to the police.

DC French added: “Cheshire Constabulary takes all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously, no matter how long ago incidents took place.

“I encourage anyone who has been a victim, or a witness, of a sexual offence to report it to the police – they should never feel ashamed to talk about what happened.”

Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or believes that they may know who he is should contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting reference number 19000015907, or give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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