Teeth clue in hunt for Fleetwood sex attacker

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Police handed out an image of the attacker last month

Police hunting a man who abducted and sexually assaulted a young girl in Lancashire say his teeth could provide a clue to his identity.

The girl, 10, was snatched outside a sweet shop in Martindale Avenue, Fleetwood, at about 1315 BST on 9 May.

She was driven to land off Rossall Lane where she was subjected to a "serious sexual assault", police said.

Officers say they believe the attacker is missing several teeth, either side of his two front teeth.

The man is described as about 30, with short balding or shaved hair, a gaunt face and narrow chin.

He was wearing light blue jeans and a short-sleeved check shirt.

Officers believe the man was driving a dark green or turquoise car, which had a pair of blue baby's trainers in it and smelled of smoke.

'Highly significant'

Police say he has local knowledge and had visited the area before the attack.

They issued an "evo-fit" computerised image of the attacker last month.

Det Supt Kevin Toole said: "This new information, together with the evo-fit and his access to a green car is highly significant.

"I would urge people to think very carefully about all these clues and to piece them all together in their minds.

"If they have any suspicions about any individuals I would urge them to contact the police.

"We are in a position to rule out people very quickly and are committed to following up every new lead."

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