08:00 Monday 12 November 2012

Suspected assault sees Maurice Lea Park cordoned off


A PARK was closed off by police at the weekend after a suspected assault.

The Maurice Lea Memorial Park in Church Gresley
The Maurice Lea Memorial Park in Church Gresley

The Maurice Lea Memorial Park in Church Gresley was taped off yesterday morning following an incident on Saturday night.

Police have released only sparse details, sparking rumours that the assault may have been a sex attack on a young girl.

Officers were yesterday unable to confirm whether anyone had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Forensic specialists were called in to comb the scene and officers stood guard at the park’s entrances to prevent members of the public from getting in.

One woman told the Mail: “I went past and there were two officers guarding the entrance off Common Road and there was police tape.

“I’ve heard rumours a young girl had been assaulted. People arriving to play football on Sunday morning or people walking their dogs could have found something and called police. There are a lot of rumours flying around.”

The cagey response from police began yesterday when the Mail asked Derbyshire Police to provide details of the incident. The force said it was unable to comment because the investigation was being led by Leicestershire Police.

Leicestershire Police initially denied having any presence in Church Gresley. After several further calls from the Mail, however, the force finally released a brief statement yesterday afternoon.

It read: “Part of Church Gresley was cordoned off in connection with an assault. It is believed events leading up to this assault began in Church Gresley.”

The force declined to comment on the nature of the assault, the time at which it reportedly happened and said it could not say whether anyone was wanted for questioning or had been arrested.

It is also still unclear why responsibility for the investigation has been transferred to Leicestershire Police.

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