Northern Ireland

PSNI release new images of Newry child attack suspect

Suspect in Newry attack Image copyright PSNI
Image caption An artist's impression of the attack suspect

Two new images of the suspect in the attempted murder and sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in Newry 20 years ago have been released by police.

The child was attacked by the man in woodland near Barcroft Community Centre on 10 June 1994.

She had been playing with a seven-year-old boy in a group of trees when she was approached by a stranger, aged in his late teens or early 20s.

He asked the children to help him find his brother.

They went with the man and were separated in woodland behind the community centre.

The girl was then subjected to a "prolonged and violent sexual attack".

In March, police released an "age progression" image of the suspect.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information and have not already contacted police to phone them.

Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Another image of the suspected attacker

They would like to hear from anyone who came forward in 1994, but has not made contact with the inquiry team since.

Detectives also want to identify a couple who met the seven-year-old boy who had been with the victim, as he left the wooded area in a distressed state. They also want to talk to two other boys who had been playing at the community centre on the day of the attack.

They are appealing to these people and anyone with information to contact detectives at the PSNI Serious Crime Branch on 028 3836 6274.

If they want to give information anonymously they can phone the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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