CCTV footage has been relased of the main suspect of a vicious sexual assault on a girl in Welling on Friday (April 23).

The victim was grabbed and forced to the ground whilst walking on the street in broad daylight by a man in his 30s wearing a Christmas jumper.

Police say they understand incidents of this nature are both "shocking and concerning for the local community," and are appealing for help bring the culprit to justice.

Patrols in the area have also been increased, and the girl and her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

Met Police say the victim was on route to a dance class in Welling at around 4:20pm on April 23 when she passed the junction of Maxwell Road, DA16.

The girl was approached by the man who grabbed her and tried to force her to the ground and kiss her.

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This resulted in the victim suffering visible scratches to her neck.

The victim managed to escape the suspect and ran home. On route she phoned her brother to tell him what had happened and her mother was also informed.

Detectives from the South East Safeguarding team are leading the investigation, and have now released CCTV footage of the suspect. 

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He is described as a white male, approximately 30 to 35-years old with curly hair wearing a green Christmas jumper.

Detective Inspector Spencer Thomas said: “I understand that incidents of this nature are both shocking and concerning for the local community.

"I would reassure local residents that since this offence was reported to us we have increased uniformed patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“If you have any information about who this person could be, it is vital that you get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"Likewise, if you saw anything suspicious please make contact with us. No piece of information is too small."

If you have any information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD 5533/23APR21.

Alternatively information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.