Enfield Jubilee Park rape: Man arrested

Police prepare to search on Sunday
Image caption The attack lasted two to three hours, police say

A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl in a north London park.

The girl was dragged from Galliard Road into Jubilee Park, Lower Edmonton, Enfield, after getting off a bus from school at about 17:00 GMT on Friday.

Police believe the attack may have lasted two to three hours in which she sustained serious injuries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the 26-year-old man was arrested at an address in Edmonton on Monday.

The girl, who was walking home from school when she was attacked, is recovering after undergoing surgery.

School uniform

Detectives said she caught the number 192 bus from Enfield Town at 16:15 and got off in Bury Street, Enfield, at about 17:00.

While walking along Galliard Road she was dragged into the park near the pitch and putt area.

She was assaulted for several hours and only returned home at about 19:45.

Police have appealed to motorists, pedestrians and anyone who may have been using the park between 16:45 and 20:00 and seen a man following a girl wearing a school uniform.

The suspect is described as a black male with afro hair wearing a dark grey top and black baggy jeans.

A spokesman for Enfield Council said the gates to the park were locked at 16:50 GMT on the day of the attack but added that locks cannot prevent people from entering the green space.

He said: "While the thoughts of the entire council are with the victim of this horrific crime and her family, it is worth bearing in mind that parks by their very nature are designed to be accessible and it is extremely difficult to prevent access to people determined to break into them.

"We take all crime extremely seriously and our parks police work closely with friends of parks groups and park users to deal with any concerns raised in relation to safety in our parks."

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