Teenager arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following violent assault on child

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(Last Updated On: October 5, 2018)

A teenager has been arrested today, Friday 5th October, in connection to a violent assault on a 10 year old girl in Exmouth yesterday afternoon.

Police were alerted to the incident after a member of the public found the girl in a distressed state yesterday afternoon, 4th October near Marley Road in Exmouth. The woman took the 10-year-old to her home in the Brixington area of Exmouth, where emergency services were contacted.

The child remains in hospital where she is receiving the expert medical care and treatment she needs, supported by specialist officers from our Public Protection Unit, and her family.

Superintendent Matt Lawler, the local policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon said: “Following this afternoon’s appeal, a member of the public has come forward with information, that has then lead to an arrest.

“We have arrested a 16-year-old male from the local area on suspicion of attempted murder; he remains in police custody and awaits questioning.

“We would like to thank the media and the public for the support they have offered us so far in relation to this matter.

“However, we must stress that this is still very much a live and active police investigation and we are keeping an open mind, which is why it is essential that anyone with information that can assist us, comes forward.

“We are asking that anyone in the immediate area of Marley Road yesterday afternoon, or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in that area in the past few days, no matter how insignificant they feel it could be, to contact the police.

“We are also appealing for dashcam images, video or CCTV covering the specific areas of Jubilee Drive; Marley Road; and Pound Lane in Exmouth between 3-6pm yesterday.”

Image: Devon and Cornwall Police

Anyone with any information, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage that can aid the police investigation is asked to contact 101 quoting log 367 for the 5th of October.

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