Birmingham & Black Country

Boy in Birmingham 'locked in van and sexually assaulted'

CCTV images of van Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Police believe a boy was assaulted in this van after accepting a lift when he missed his last train home

CCTV images have been released of a van suspected by police to be the vehicle in which a teenage boy was locked and sexually assaulted.

The 16-year-old accepted a lift from a man in Birmingham city centre after going shopping and missing his last train home, police said.

Moments later he was locked inside the vehicle and driven a short distance before being seriously sexually assaulted.

He was left badly shaken, police said.

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Image caption The boy was driven to this street and attacked

The attacker picked up the boy in Kent Street at around 22:00 GMT on 30 November and drove him to nearby Claybrook Street.

Investigating officer Sarah Harvey, from West Midlands Police, said: "We've conducted extensive CCTV and ANPR enquiries and have secured an image of the van we believe was involved.

"It's distinctive in so much that it was carrying a ladder set on the roof and so may well be a works vehicle."

The offender has been described by police as Asian, in his 40s or 50s, with "bad teeth".

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