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Suspected assault sees Maurice Lea Park cordoned off

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

The Maurice Lea Memorial Park in Church Gresley

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

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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  • Burton Mail  |  November 13 2012, 5:18PM

    Working for the Emergency Services i would be introuble if Church Gresley is in Leicestershire that means all our on board computers are programmed wrong. No part of Chruch or Castle Gresley is Leicestershire. And all Comes under South Derbyshire County Council. Just for the Record. Leicestershire boundary doesnt meet till you go near Ashby boundary ( The Tap House Pub.) follow the link for Derbyshire villages. Im sure you will find LE postcodes are Ashby and toward Leicester. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Villages_in_Derbyshire

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 9:32PM

    part of gresley comes under leicestershire i know coz my dad lives there is swad post code but comes after under leicestershire council

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 8:46PM

    The police can not release any info incase everybody starts to kick off. They will catch the right man in the end they always have and always will

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 10:42AM

    swad cops usual form of knowing nuffin about nuffin, and trying to avoid another crime stat, send for inspector clusoe.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 10:39AM

    I work for the Emergency services. Leicestershire Police should not of been anywhere near Church Gresley or any part of Derbyshire unless they was in the area to arrest someone where a crime was commited in Leicestershire. This story should not of been printed. UNTIL Facts are given its causing wild tongues to spread rumours that are far from fact.