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Police are appealing for the public's help in identifying a man who assaulted a girl during the London Mela, at Gunnersbury Park.

Officers have released an e-fit of a suspect who attacked the 16 year-old schoolgirl during the event at around 5.35pm on Sunday 4 September.

The victim, who was with a family member at the time, had been dancing at the front of the main stage during the Jay Sean set when she was approached by a man. He made attempts to get close-up and dance with her, which she resisted. The man subsequently punched her in the face three times causing a front tooth to be knocked out. The man then made off into the crowd.

The girl immediately alerted nearby police officers to the incident and First Aid and was given at the scene. She did not require hospital treatment.

Her assailant is described as light-skinned and Asian in appearance, approximately 28-30 years old and around 5'6" in height. He is of a stocky build with short fluffy hair a square shaped face. He was wearing a grey/blue long sleeved shirt and 3/4 length trousers. He had been wearing a black baseball cap, with a yellow underside, which fell off his head during the assault.

Detective Sergeant Martin Siertsema, of the Community Safety Unit based at Hounslow, said, "We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack or recognises the suspect via our e-fit. In particular we are keen to speak to anyone who may have been recording the on-stage act, singer Jay Sean, who at the time of the assault was ten minutes into his set. Given the close proximity of the incident to the front of the main stage, it is possible that recordings made on mobile devices may have picked up the event taking place."

Anyone with information is asked to call Hounslow CID on 020 82476160; or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


September 15, 2011