Sex assaults on girls as young as five

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A POLICE investigation is under way after three girls aged between five and seven years old were sexually assaulted less than 24 hours apart in Castleford.

The first incident at 7.15pm on Saturday saw two local girls aged five and six approached by a man as they played on wasteland at the back of Garden Street. The man spoke with the girls before assaulting them. The girls then ran home and police were called.

At 1.20pm the following day a man walking a dog approached two girls aged six and seven as they played in the park off Barnes Road in the Half Acres area. He engaged them in conversation before assaulting the six-year-old.

West Yorkshire Police say they have now arrested a 27-year-old local man who was in custody yesterday.

Detective Inspector Mark Catney, from Wakefield District CID, appealed for anyone who has seen unusual incidents in the area to call police on 101.

He said: “I would take this opportunity to reassure local people that these are unusual and rare incidents to occur in the Half Acres area of Castleford.”